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Lubeck VFD responds to mobile home fire

May 27, 2008
PARKERSBURG — The Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire Monday evening on Gihon Road in south Parkersburg.

The fire was reported around 6:40 p.m. Monday at Lot 23 in the Grandview Trailer Court at 1406 Gihon Road, said Lubeck fire Chief Mark Stewart.

Stewart said the trailer’s occupants — whose names were not released Monday night — were at another location in the trailer court for a holiday cookout when they spotted the fire at Lot 23 and ran to the trailer. The owner opened the door to let out the family’s pets and suffered some heat damage which singed his hair but no injuries, Stewart said. He refused treatment at the scene.

When the first fire truck arrived at the scene, the trailer was 50 percent involved and one trailer on each side was sustaining heat damage, Stewart said. Firefighters began putting water on the adjacent trailers and also began attacking the main fire, quickly bringing it under control, he said.

Gihon Road was closed to traffic for a period of time Monday evening due to fire hoses running across the street, Stewart said.

The American Red Cross came to the scene to provide assistance to the family. Two dogs were rescued from the fire, but two more dogs and one cat perished, Stewart said. The remains were taken by the Humane Society of Parkersburg, he said.

Stewart said the cause of the fire was not known Monday night and the Wood County Fire Investigation Team was called to the scene. The trailer was a total loss due to fire, heat and smoke damage.


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