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Fire destroys mobile home in Huntington

April 16, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A mobile home was destroyed by fire Monday morning in the 100 block of Wilson Heights, according to an official with the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department.

“Upon arrival we found a single-wide trailer self-involved with fire showing throughout almost the entire trailer,” said Barboursville firefighter Jamie Dzierzak.

Green Valley, Ohio River Road and Ona volunteer fire departments also responded to the fire, along with Cabell County EMS.

Dzierzak said the fire was difficult to fight due to several problems.

“It took a while to fully extinguish. The closest hydrant was over half a mile away, so we had to shuttle water back and forth,” Dzierzak said. “We stretched a hose line and did what we could to control the fire, but the fire had already damaged the entire trailer.”

Firefighters were on the scene for over two hours between initially extinguish the fire, dealing with hot spots and cleaning up equipment.

“Trailers have a tendency to collapse and the metal walls cover up hot spots, and it can be difficult to uncover those spots to fully extinguish it so it doesn’t rekindle,” Dzierzak said.

Nobody was inside the trailer at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, but a couple who lived in the home said their cats were missing, according to the official.

“All of their dogs were accounted for, but they said their cats were missing and we didn’t find any during our efforts,” Dzierzak said.

The fire remains under investigation by the state Fire Marshal’s office, Dzierzak added.