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Fire burns mobile home in Fernie Trailer Park
Fernie Fire Rescue (FFR) responded to a fire call at the Fernie Mobile Home Park at 15C-60 Cokato Road shortly after 8 am on February 6. FFR contained the fire, keeping it from spreading to neighbouring structures and mobile homes in -28 degree temperatures. No one was home at the time as the owner was at work. Flames were coming out of the windows when Fernie Fire Chief Ted Ruiter was first to arrive on scene.
“It looks like it was an accident,” said Ruiter. “We're still going to do a further investigation, but at this point the fire appears to have been caused by a space heater or a ski boot dryer in the addition which was under construction. The fire was contained to an addition of the [mobile] unit, but the mobile home itself sustained considerable smoke and water damage. At this time a dollar loss is not available.”
One B.C. Ambulance with paramedics were present as firefighters used their rescue breathing apparatus (self-contained breathing apparatus). Elk Valley RCMP was onsite as was BC Hydro in case the power needed to be turned off.
Rescue services noted there are often structure fires when there are very cold temperatures but they are usually related to improper cleaning or maintenance of chimneys.
The home owner had insurance.
Jenn Asselin, Emergency Social Services (ESS) Director for the RDEK Elk Valley and South Country, was available to provide immediate assistance. She offers basic living supplies like shelter and clothing when people in situations like these may be displaced.