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Wapato, Washington – Fire Destroys Sheds, Mobile Homes, Causes Death of Puppies

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Posted on January 14, 2020

Wapato, Washington (January 14, 2020) – A fire broke out in a property on the 300 block of Osborne Road on Tuesday afternoon, destroying several structures as well as causing the death of several puppies. According to the report from KIMA News, the fire destroyed three sheds and several mobile homes, and the property owner has said that the fire killed eight puppies. Firefighters on the scene were ale to save one puppy. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

Firefighters were called to the scene just before 2 p.m., and multiple crews responded to the incident. Crews prevented the fire from spreading and it appears all the damage was contained to the property. The official cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but the owner of the property believes that one of the puppies might have knocked over the heater used to keep them warm.

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.