Fire damages vacant mobile home

By on May 2, 2016

Rothsville, Brunnerville among responding fire companies

Firefighters fight a fire at 165 Partridge Drive, Ephrata Township, Monday. The home was vacant. Photo by Stan Hall.

Firefighters fight a fire at 165 Partridge Drive, Ephrata Township, Monday. The home was vacant. Photo by Stan Hall.

A mobile home in Ephrata Township was destroyed by fire Monday, April 25.

Firefighters were called to a working structure fire at 10:30 a.m. at 165 Partridge Drive in the Winchester Meadows mobile home park. Akron Fire Chief Tim Hoffman said the home was vacant and it is unclear at this time who owns property.

Hoffman has been in contact with the fire marshal and said the fire is being investigated and, “right now it is probably accidental in nature.”

“That is not a final determination,” he said, “but we are leaning toward electrical as the cause.”

There is no damage estimate.

Hoffman said there was an issue with finding a fire hydrant in the mobile home park. He said he was “fairly confident” there was one in the complex, but it could not be located.

“However, we already had water from our tanker trucks,” he said, adding it did not affect fighting the fire.

Hoffman said about 15 minutes later, the hydrant was located about two houses down.

“It was about 4-5-feet under several sets of bushes,” he said, adding he did not know who was responsible for maintaining the hydrant and removing the bushes.

Hoffman said one Ephrata firefighter was injured after falling on a porch and taken to Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital to be evaluated.

Also responding were: Ephrata, Stevens, Farmersville, West Earl, Lincoln, Rothsville, Brunnerville, and Durlach-Mt. Airy.

 

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