Vestaburg mobile home gutted by fire Sunday


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:47 am on Monday, June 24, 2013

VESTABURG — The interior of a mobile home was destroyed by fire Sunday as firefighters worked for five hours to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters from the Richland Township Fire Department responded at 6:21 a.m. to 7411 E. Vestaburg Road where a mobile home was on fire.

According to Chief Calvin Callison, smoke was already coming from the home on arrival and there was little chance of saving the home.

“Smoke was coming out of the eaves when we got there and the front window was almost blown out,” he said. “It was a hard fire to fight because (the home) had two roofs on it, which makes it much more difficult to attack the fire.”

Callison said no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured on scene.

The fire is not being ruled suspicious, but is still under investigation.

According to Callison, the structure was saved but the interior of the home was gutted by the fire.

“Because it’s a mobile home, they likely won’t save it, but it looks OK from the outside,” he said. “The labor required to rebuild it won’t be worth it. The interior is badly damaged and insurance companies tend not to repair them when they are in that shape.”

According to Callison, a woman currently living in a nursing home has been living in the home and had planned to return shortly.

“Fortunately she wasn’t home yet,” he said.

Callison said no more than 10,000 gallons of water was used to battle the fire.

Home Township Fire Department assisted on scene.

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