A trailer fire in Sterling left a 68-year-old woman homeless yesterday morning. CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale said it was a difficult blaze…
Hale: “Around 10:30 yesterday morning, Tuesday morning, we got toned out for heavy smoke coming from a one family residence off Midway in Sterling. First engine noted that it was a mobile trailer with heavy smoke, no visible flames showing. Once the crews got in, they located the fire in the rear of the trailer, due to the amount of fireload, furniture, clothing, stuff like that, they were hampered because the fire had already penetrated into the floor underneath the trailer. It took quite a while to get the fire under control.”
Hale said the trailer (64’x14′) was a total loss. The 68-year-old woman has been put in touch with the Red Cross.
Hale: “With so much damage, we know where the fire probably originated. We’re attempting to eliminate all sources of ignition. At this point, we have done that and still haven’t come up with what caused the fire. She had a lot of extension cords that were in use at the time.”
The woman is reportedly in need of clothing. Items can be dropped off at the Sterling Community Center.