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Olympia, Washington – Two People Dead in Mobile Home Fire

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Posted on February 12, 2020

Olympia, Washington (February 9, 2020) – Two people killed in fire at mobile home at 83rd Avenue Southeast on Sunday evening. According to the report from KOMO News, a 79 year-old man and a 59 year-old woman were found while crews were fighting the blaze. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victims have not yet been released and the cause of their death is yet to be determined. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the report, crews from the East Olympia Fire Department responded to the incident around 8:30 p.m. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

About Fire

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a fatality has been associated with a 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.