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Marysville, Washington – Fire Destroys Mobile Home on 6th Avenue Northeast

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Posted on October 4, 2019

Marysville, Washington  (October 3, 2019) – A fire caused the destruction of a mobile home at the 5500 block of 6th Avenue Northeast on early Thursday morning. Fortunately, all occupants of the home were able to safely escape the fire, and no other injuries were reported in the incident. However, the home itself was considered a total loss after the fire.

According to the report from Marysville Fire, the incident started around 4 a.m. While the residence did not have any smoke alarms, one of the adults in the house was able to wake up in time to notice smoke inside the structure. The family was able to escape through a window, though one report has stated that one dog was still missing in the incident. The fire remains 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.