Woman sleeping when mobile home caught fire

St. George Fire Department crews fight a mobile home fire at the Grandview Mobile Home Park, 425 E. 900 S., St. George, Utah, March 11, 2014 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A woman was sleeping inside her mobile home when it caught fire Tuesday morning at the Grandview Mobile Home Park in St. George, but was able to get out of the home without injury. St. George Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire quickly, but couldn’t save the home. The mobile home was gutted by the fire and was deemed a total loss.

At 9:03 a.m. Tuesday, the St. George Fire Department received a call regarding a structure fire at the mobile home park, specifically 425 E. 900 S. Unit No. 429.

“It was very well involved by the time we arrived,” St. George Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Taylor said on scene. It took firefighters 10 minutes to stop the progression of the fire, he said.

By 9:30 a.m. the smoke had mostly stopped and the fire appeared totally out. By about 10:05  a.m. fire crews were wrapping up their operation and were beginning an investigation into the cause of the fire, Taylor said.

Although the woman said she was sleeping at the time the home caught fire, she escaped with no injuries, Taylor said. She told him the fire was burning in the kitchen when she got out, he said.

Because a fire of this size has the possibility of transferring to other nearby structures, the St. George Police Department helped fire crews evacuate nearby homes.

St. George Fire Department responded with five engines, and approximately 30 firemen. Gold Cross Ambulance Service and St. George Police Department both had crews on scene.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

There are 58 lots in the community of the Grandview Mobile Home Park. On Jan. 18, another mobile home in the park caught fire in the morning hours and was a total loss. 

Mobile homes tend to burn fairly rapidly due to their lightweight construction, fire Chief Robert Stoker said in January, “it doesn’t take much for these trailers to burn.” Mobile homes do tend to burn quicker, Taylor said at today’s fire.

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  • My Evil Twin March 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

    It is very lucky if the fire department can protect the exposures. Very little likelihood of saving a mobile home, once it catches fire. And a lot of these older mobiles have aluminum wiring, which is just begging to catch a fire due to shorts and loose connections. It is why aluminum wiring had been banned for many years now.
    Glad that the lady got out all right.

  • Curious cat March 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I wanna know why they let that fire burn so close to the freeway and also let all that smoke cross the freeway. The fire department and cops should have been able to keep that smoke away. It woulda been there fault if there was an accident!

    • Gunther March 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Are you serious ??? The fire was out in 10 mins. What else should have been done. Maybe invest in a huge smoke vacuum that hangs from a helicopter to suck up all the excess smoke? I hope you were joking and not an inspiring EPA supervisor candidate.

  • Bryn March 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Arson? This is the second total loss from fire in 6 months at that trailer park…

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