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Lynnwood, Washington – Firefighter Injured in Mobile Home Fire

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Posted on March 27, 2019

Lynnwood, Washington (March 26, 2019) – A Snohomish County firefighter suffered minor injuries in a response to a fire at Serene Terrace Mobile Home Park, the call coming from 14300 Admiralty Way. The firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment, and he was soon released. A man inside a mobile home was rescued in the fire, and though he was reported to have no injuries, he suffered from smoke inhalation and was also taken to a hospital.

The man had to be waken up to go outside his mobile home, which did not have any working fire alarms. A neighbor alerted a deputy, who then made enough noise to wake up the man. Aside from the mobile home, a truck next to the location was also affected by fire. The cause of fire is under investigation, though it seems to be accidental in nature.

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.