Delay in reporting mobile home fire increases damages
Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Northwest Fire crews responded to the 4900 block of North Sullinger Avenue after receiving multiple 911 calls about a mobile home on fire Saturday just before 10:30 p.m.
Authorities say a 70-year-old owner/occupant and his dog were able to make it out safely after attempting to extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived.
Crews arrived within 3 minutes to find the double wide (20’ X 70’) trailer 30% involved in fire. A first alarm consisting of 4 engine companies, a rescue company, water tender and support unit shad the blaze under control within 32 minutes of arrival.
Investigators are interviewing the homeowner to identify the exact cause of the blaze which started in the master bedroom closet area.
According to the owner/occupant he was in the kitchen when he heard a popping noise. As he traveled toward the master bedroom in the rear of the trailer, the smoke detectors began to sound.
Authorities say the owner then tried to use a cooking pot and water from the master bedrooms bathroom to extinguish the fire. He tried 3 attempts with the water/pot and then realized the fire was growing to fast and was too large for him to continue to try to put the fire out himself. The 911 calls began only after the fire grew large enough to exit out windows.
The homeowner had installed the smoke detector outside the master bedroom only 2 months prior to the fire.
(Story courtesy: N/W Fire, Photo courtesy: N/W Fire)