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Ephrata, Washington – Trailer Home a Total Loss Following Fire

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Posted on March 17, 2020

Ephrata, Washington (March 15, 2020) – A fire broke out modified trailer that was being used as a residence on the 13000 block of Drumheller Road Northwest on early Sunday morning. According to the article from 560 KPQ News Radio, crews from Grant County Fire District 13 responded to the scene around 3:30 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found a fully involved trailer fire which had extended to a pump house. The trailer was declared a total loss and the pump house received substantial damage in the incident. No injuries were listed in the fire. The cause of the fire has not yet been reported.

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.

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