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Kent, Washington – Mobile Home Goes Up In Flames, Damages Nearby Building

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Posted on June 7, 2019

Kent, Washington (June 5, 2019) – A mobile home caught on fire at South 259th Street, causing fire damage to a nearby building as well. Fortunately there have been no reports of injuries in the blaze.

A witness saw sparks coming from the motor home at the 8500 block of South 259th Street as it was going west. By the time firefighter had arrived, the front of the vehicle was already up in flames. While officials were able to prevent the fire from spreading, the heat caused glass on a nearby office building to shatter and charred the exterior trim of the building. The cause of the fire has not been provided.

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.