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Two homeless after mobile home fire

Contact Information: 

David E. Layman, Fire-EMS Chief             dlayman@co.caroline.va.us                    (804) 633-9831  

Mobile Home Fire – 3490 Oak Court

Caroline County, VA – February 7, 2010 

Caroline County Fire/Rescue responded to a structure fire at 3490 Oak Court late last night.  The call was received at 11:40 pm and units from Upper Caroline VFD, Port Royal VFD, and Bowling Green VFD were dispatched. While responding, additional information was received that the fire was spreading rapidly.  Additional resources from Ladysmith VFD and Fort AP Hill Fire Department were added to the call.   Poor road conditions and downed trees delayed emergency responders from reaching the scene.  The Virginia Department of Transportation assisted responders in accessing the call.  The first unit arrived on-scene at 12:09 am to find a mobile home fully engulfed in fire. 

The residence was occupied by two adults.  Both occupants self-evacuated from the affected structure without injury.  The home was completely destroyed by the fire and the two adults were displaced. At this time, they are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. 

The fire began in the bathroom of the home.  The preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was caused by an unattended burning candle.  The winter storm had cut off power to the residence earlier in day.   

Caroline urges residents to be cautious while using portable heaters and candles during power outages.  Additionally, use caution around any down power lines.  Never touch or approach a fallen line; instead contact the local power company immediately.

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