'Suspicious' fire rips through mobile home
Firefighters battle blaze on Corrine Drive, no injuries reported
A fire that destroyed a mobile home in the 800 block of Corinne Avenue on the city’s Northeast side is being called “suspicious” by investigators.
Firefighters responded to the call at the park shortly after 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
According to Battalion Chief Jonathon Jones, they found heavy flames and smoke concentrated in the middle portion of a mobile home.
“There's a big burned out portion, pretty much gutted on the inside,” Jones said. "The resident was out of the trailer when the fire started. There was nobody else that was living in the trailer. Nobody was hurt."
However, it was only through quick action of firefighters, Jones said, that the fire did not reach beyond that one unit.
He said the mobile homes are situated closely together, and there are many trees throughout the mobile home park — all of which could have enabled the flames to spread rapidly.
"We were able to keep everybody safe, and we were able to keep most of the people around him in their homes," Jones said.
The home that burned also had some potentially dangerous conditions even before the fire started, according to firefighters.
They said it did not have its own utilities, but instead had tapped in a neighbor’s lines.
However, investigators said they do not believe that played a role in the fire.
Instead, they are looking into the possibility that someone might have started the fire intentionally.
"There's a lot of information,” Jones said. "I'm going to let arson run those leads out and give them an opportunity to work those leads.”
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