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Cashmere, Washington – Fire Destroys Trailer, Causes Death of a Dog

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Posted on September 24, 2019

Cashemere, Washington  (September 23, 2019) – A fire caused the destruction of two structures and the death of a dog in the Monitor area on early Monday morning. A fifth wheel trailer and a neighboring wood frame structure were destroyed. The man living in the trailer was able to escape unharmed, but his pet dog died in the blaze.

Chelan County Fire District 6 responded to the scene of the incident at the 3700 block of Bridge Street around 4:30 a.m. The fire was reported to have been put out in 30 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

About Fire

There are many dangers present in fire, and studies have pointed to the structure of the mobile home as some of the most dangerous in a fire. Mobile homes are often considered manufactured housing, which is defined as any home constructed in a manufacturing plant and transport-able in one or two sections. Their economical state and availability makes them attractive to many buyers across America. In the state of Washington, mobile homes compose around 7.5% of housing, which is a fairly small number. However, the U.S. Fire Administration has stated that the fatality rate in mobile homes are doubled compared to regular, on-site houses.

The high level of danger in a mobile home fire comes from its structure. The frames in mobile homes are composed of a light steel structure, which can easily bend in high heat. In addition, floors are made of wood, and in a fire, both the frame and wood can easily collapse and trap occupants or firefighters. Coupled with the small spaces in mobile homes, a fire in this structure comes with great risk. Homeowners are advised to consider fire safety at all times, and firefighters are instructed to be wary of tackling a mobile home fire. Beyond the damage and loss inflicted on property, the threat of injuries and death should make everyone living in these homes to follow safety regulations.