Fire destroys Monmouth mobile home

Posted May 01, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.

MONMOUTH, Maine — Officials are investigating a blaze that gutted a mobile home at the West Village Mobile Home Park on Wednesday morning.

Crews from four towns were called to 15 Blue Rock Road shortly before 1 a.m., according to Monmouth Fire Chief Dan Roy.

Firefighters arrived to find the mobile home completely engulfed in flames, Roy said.

“Flames were already shooting through the roof, 20-30 feet into the sky,” said Roy.

Charles Reed, who lived alone at the trailer, managed to get out unharmed before firefighters arrived, according to Roy.

Aware that the trailer was empty, firefighters focused on preventing the blaze from spreading to other mobile homes, Roy said. Crews were able to get it under control in about an hour.

Reed’s vehicle, which was parked nearby, had minor heat damage to its front bumper but was otherwise not damaged, the fire chief said. Reed did not have insurance on the trailer and the Red Cross was called in to assist him, Roy said.

The chief said the fire started on a front porch and the state fire marshal’s office is investigating a cause.

Crews from Monmouth, Leeds, Wales and Winthrop responded.

 

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