Cause of mobile home fire unknown

OKEECHOBEE — A doublewide mobile home sustained an estimated $10,000 in damages due to a small fire that apparently started in a bedroom, stated an Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) report.

OCF/R was dispatched to 280 N.E. 342nd Trail at 1:24 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, stated the report by Firefighter/Paramedic Keith Bourgault.

The home is owned by David and Patricia Shutt of Hampton, Va.

According to the OCF/R report a woman living in the 1999 mobile home said she was asleep on the couch when she heard “… cracking and popping coming from a bedroom,” stated the report. That bedroom is located in the front of the home.

When the woman went into the bedroom she reportedly found flames coming from the right side of the bed by the floor.

Firefighter Bourgault stated when firefighters entered that bedroom a small fire was found smoldering just inside the door.

Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters started to check the rest of the home but no other fires were located.

The mattress and some other smoldering items were removed from the front bedroom and extinguished.

The state fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the fire, and the American Red Cross was contacted to help those in the home.

There were no reports of injury.

Everything was under control by 3:13 a.m. and the last unit cleared the scene at that time, stated the OCF/R report.

Damage to the home’s contents was estimated to be $5,000.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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