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Puyallup, Washington – Fire Destroys Mobile Home, Causes Death of Family Dog

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Posted on September 9, 2019

Puyallup, Washington (September 7, 2019) – A fire was the cause of the destruction of a mobile home at the 8100 block of 156th Street Court East on Saturday afternoon. The fire also caused the death of a dog, destroyed a shed, and damaged nearby houses. The homeowners were away at the time of the incident, and no human injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the report, flames were seen coming the structure around 3 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross is currently assisting the affected family.

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.