December 27, 2013

UPDATED: Trailer catches fire

Associated Press

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Authorities are currently investigating what caused a fire to spark inside a trailer home in Logansport early this morning.

UPDATE 5:04 P.M.:

No one was injured during a fire that destroyed much of a trailer in a mobile home park in Logansport early Friday morning.

The Cass County Fire District, Royal Center Fire Department and Lucerne Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 4:30 a.m. Friday on the 900 block of Stanley Street in the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park.

Rex Danely, a lieutenant with the Cass County Fire District, said firefighters arrived to find "flames shooting up" out of the east end of the trailer.

The fire was mostly taken care of within about 10 minutes, Danely said, adding that firefighters then spent about an hour taking care of hot spots.

Jon Hook, who lives down the street from where the fire occurred, said the damaged trailer's neighbor knocked on his door early Friday morning to ask to use his phone and report the fire. Hook said the man told him he was sleeping when the fire started and was awakened by a loud noise.

"He said he heard a big boom, that's what woke him up," Hook said.

The neighbor could not be reached at his home later Friday morning.

Genie Snow, who lives next to the man who called in the fire, also said he spoke of a loud noise.

"There's no gas or nothing in there, so I don't know how there could have been an explosion," Snow said.

Snow said the owner of the damaged trailer lives out of town and was not inside at the time of the fire.

The damaged trailer's owner could not be reached for comment. A message left for the owner of the trailer park Friday afternoon was not returned.

Danely and representatives of the Indiana State Fire Marshal were working to detect the cause of the fire at about 11 a.m. Friday, shortly after firefighters had to return to the scene because of a small rekindling.

The ceiling of the trailer had collapsed and furniture inside was damaged, Danely said.

Later Friday afternoon, Danely said the cause of the fire was continuing to be investigated.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or Follow him: @PharosMAK