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February 26, 2014

Fire destroys vacant trailer home

ENID, Okla. — An unoccupied trailer home was a complete loss to fire Wednesday.

Enid firefighters were called at about 1:02 p.m. to the trailer, located at 2730 N. Adams. They were at the site investigating the cause and putting out hotspots until just after 3 p.m.

Fire Marshal Ken Helms said no one was injured.

“My understanding is that it was vacant and empty, and possibly had been in kind of a salvage operation because it wasn’t even habitable at this time,” he said.

It appears the fire started in the yard of a neighboring home, he said.

“Based on the burn patterns and the wind, it appears it started as a grass fire and spread to the structure, rather than the other way around,” Helms said. “It could have been a discarded cigarette. It didn’t appear they had a brush pile or anything that was intentionally being burned.”

Helms said the blaze started in the grass of a neighbor’s house, passed through and damaged a wooden fence and crept into the abandoned trailer. As firefighters were called, thick, black smoke could be seen hovering over the neighborhood.

There was some damage to a home next door to the trailer, but the damage did not make it uninhabitable.

“There is a small home structure (next door) that sustained a little bit of exposure damage from the radiant heat from the other burning structure, mostly to the siding and roof,” Helms said.

“I don’t really even know how to estimate the property value of the structure that burned, but it was a total loss. It may not have had any real value to it anymore, based on its condition at the time of the fire,” said Helms.

As of Wednesday, firefighters had not spoken to anyone admitting they were burning grass or leaves.

Still, Helms said, the windy and dry conditions are conducive to fire, and can easily get out of control. Those who start a fire outside, even in a grill, should exercise caution.

“We’ve got conditions very close to what would necessitate a burn ban, so folks should keep that in mind,” he said.

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