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Fire destroys vacant mobile home in Gilpin

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Firefighters from Gilpin and Leechburg volunteer fire departments battle a fire at a recently vacated mobile home along Evergreen Road in Gilpin on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Gilpin police Chief Dan Clark said it was fortunate the residents of a mobile home that was gutted by flames Tuesday evening had moved out a few days ago.

“The whole house had flames shooting out of it” when Clark arrived at 741 Evergreen Road about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Several neighbors reported the fire, which spread quickly through the mobile home that sits atop a block foundation with a one-car garage, Clark said. The house is near Wildlife Lane, just down a hillside from Route 66.

No one was injured, Clark said, and fire crews had no difficulty extinguishing the fast-moving blaze that left the roof partially collapsed, white siding singed and char marks climbing the walls from the front windows.

The police chief spoke in lieu of fire Chief Phillip McConville, whom Clark said did not want to comment.

A family that had rented the house moved out just a few days before, Clark and homeowner Patty Fouse said. The tenants left on good terms, both said.

There is no reason to suspect the cause of the fire is suspicious, Clark said.

However, Clark said, there was so much flame when he arrived that it was difficult to pinpoint where the fire began. A state police fire marshal is expected to investigate the cause Wednesday afternoon.

Patty Fouse said she and her husband, Russell, lived in the trailer when they bought it about 40 years ago.

They moved when they built their current house nearby, she said. A daughter had lived in the trailer before they rented it out.

“It's been in the family a long time,” she said.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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