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Royal City, Washington – One Person Found Dead in Mobile Home Fire at Road 13 Southwest

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Posted on February 10, 2020

Royal City, Washington (February 7, 2020) – One person was reported to have been found dead after a fire in a mobile home on the 3100 block of Road 13 Southwest on early Friday morning. According to the report from KEPR News, the body of the victim was found inside the home after firefighters had extinguished the blaze. The victim is yet to be identified, and the name will be released after notifying next of kin. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

According to information from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, crews responded to the scene around 4 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found the mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The fire is being investigated by the Grant County Fire Marshal.

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.