3 flee nighttime blaze in NuMine
Fire destroyed a trailer, garage and two vehicles at 1420 Main St, NuMine shortly before midnight on Thursday.
Photo by BRIGID BEATTY | LEADER TIMES
COWANSHANNOCK — No one was injured when flames from a garage fire spread and quickly consumed a nearby trailer at 1420 Main St. in NuMine late Thursday.
The occupant of the trailer, Richard Faber, was able to get out in time, said Bill Rupert, assistant chief with Rural Valley fire department.
The rental property is owned by Ron Altman of NuMine.
Ernest Faber, Richard Faber's cousin, lives next door and said he made the 911 call around 11:45 p.m. when he saw the flames shooting out of the garage.
“The whole thing was a ball of fire,” he said, adding that a portion of his trailer, also owned by Altman, melted from the heat. “I was mainly worried about getting my wife and two dogs out,” he said.
He said even though firefighters had a quick response time, his cousin's trailer had already caught fire by the time they arrived.
Both Richard Faber's car and a 1981 Cadillac Eldorado, owned by Ernest Faber's wife, caught fire.
Rural Valley Fire Chief Kevin Nelson said the trailer, garage and two vehicles were a total loss.
The property was not insured, he said.
Although the fire is thought to have started in the garage, the cause is still under investigation, Nelson said.
According to Rupert, fire personnel stayed on the scene until about 3 a.m. Friday. In addion to dousing the garage and trailer fire, they managed to to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby propane tank.
Dayton and Plumville fire departments assisted at the scene, Rupert said.
He said Richard Faber told fire officials he planned to stay with a relative.
On Friday morning melted copper and fiber-optic telephone wires sagged along the road near the burned structure.
“A lot of people are out of telephone service,” said a Windstream employee who was dispatched to the area.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or email@example.com.
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