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Winds push fire into two Collinsville mobile homes
Members of the Collinsville Fire Department battle a brush fire that crossed a creek and damaged two mobile homes Wednesday. Both homes were burned, one severely enough to leave the resident searching for temporary lodging. The other was not inhabited, firefighters said. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Winds drove a fire in Collinsville across a creek and into two mobile homes on the other side Wednesday, leaving one person searching for temporary housing.
Henry County Deputy Fire Marshal Lisa Garrett said a man on Truth Lane in Collinsville was burning debris and the fire “got away from him.”
The man summoned fire officials and tried to extinguish the blaze himself, but it “jumped the creek, ran back up the bank and caught the rear ends” of two mobile homes, located at 55 Branch Road, on fire, Garrett said.
The Collinsville and Fieldale fire departments responded to the blaze and knocked it down, but it damaged one of the homes to the point that it is not considered livable, Garrett said.
“The other trailer was not occupied” and only had items stored inside, she said.
“The trailers were extremely old,” Garrett said, and a damage estimate was not available late Wednesday afternoon. She also does not know if the homes were insured.
The fire occurred around 1:30 p.m.
Garrett cautioned residents that while the burning ban does not go into effect until February, this is not a good time for outdoor fires.
“Even though we have had a lot of rain and even with the snow, with the wind conditions, this is not a good time to be burning anything outside. Outdoor burning is not recommended,” she said.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety, County Rescue and Appalachian Power Co. also responded to the scene, Garrett said.