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Blaze damages mobile home
14 firefighters respond to fire near Union Hill

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

UNION HILL — Fire destroyed part of a mobile home Thursday about three miles south of Union Hill and Apple Grove Road, said James Wessel, public information officer for the Brindlee Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

The rest of the home was heavily damaged, he said.

Wessel said three engine companies totaling 14 firefighters responded to the blaze at 121 Glenn Bowling Road at 8 a.m.

“The fire was at a single-wide mobile home with an additional single-wide trailer positioned about 15 feet behind it,” Wessel said. “We were able to protect the exposed trailer, and it didn’t suffer significant damage.”

Wessel said that upon arrival, the fire had vented through the roof at the western end of the mobile home.

“Winds were coming from the west, pushing the fire quickly back into the trailer,” he said. “We made our initial attack through the back door, through the unburned area, and met the fire.”

Wessel said the “end of the trailer involved when we got there was a total loss. The remaining 60 percent of the structure suffered heavy smoke and heat damage.”

Wessel said he did not know who lived at the mobile home but “it was occupied at the time the fire started. When we arrived, a woman was on the outside of the trailer. Morgan County 911 dispatchers did a fantastic job of instructing everyone to get out of the residence.”

He also commended employees from Samaritan Ambulance Service, who had a unit in the area at the time and assisted firefighters. He said no one was injured.

Wessel said he doesn’t yet know the origin of the fire. He said firefighters department at about 9:20 a.m.

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