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East Wenatchee, Washington – Fire Destroys Shed and Motor Home at Badger Mountain Road

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Posted on February 10, 2020

East Wenatchee, Washington (February 6, 2020) – A fire destroyed a shed and a motor home on Badger Mountain Road near Falcon Ridge Road on early Thursday morning. According to the report from 560 KPQ News Radio, both areas were unoccupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries in the incident.

Crews from Chelan County Fire District 1 and 2 responded to the area before 4 a.m. The fire was reported by a member of District 1 who lived near the area and discovered the shed on fire. By the time crews arrived both the shed and the RV were fully involved, but crews were able to put out the flames. The cause of the fire was not reported, but the owner of the building and the RV said that the fire started in an area near a heat lamp that was used for some goats.

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.