Sunday morning blaze destroys mobile home

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Submitted photo A fire that started in the basement destroyed a mobile home in Orange Twp. Sunday morning. Firefighters from three departments responded.

A fire of an undetermined origin destroyed a mobile home on a basement in Orange Township Sunday morning, May 19. 

According to Carrollton Village Fire Department Chief Shane Thomas, the department was toned for a structure fire at the home of Riley and Karen Snair in the 7000 block of Autumn Rd. at 8:45 a.m. Thomas said the department was out of the Carrollton station within five minutes of being toned and on scene within 15 minutes (9 a.m.).

“When we arrived, the structure was fully engulfed,” Thomas explained. “We made entry into the garage (basement) and put the fire down pretty quick although it didn’t change the outcome, the home was still a total loss.”

Thomas said mowers and lawn tractors were stored in the basement, which is where the fire started. 

Both residents were home when the fire started. 

Carrollton VFD Captain Jack Swinehart, who compiles and files reports for the department, said Riley was sleeping and Karen was in the kitchen. She saw smoke coming out of a register and woke Riley. Both escaped unharmed.

Perry and Loudon Twp. fire departments assisted  and a total of 28 firefighters assisted at the scene. Water was shuttled from the FFA Camp Muskingum to the scene.

Firefighters remained on scene for two hours and were called back to the scene at 11 p.m. for a rekindle.

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