Kenai family escapes mobile home fire

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007

Joyce Garrett, her three daughters and two dogs safely evacuated their Kenai mobile home on Wednesday after it caught fire around 6:40 a.m. When firefighters responded, flames were coming out from underneath the trailer on the west side.

"I just turned on the washer to wash my clothes and noticed the smell of something burning," she said. "The motorhome is not livable, there is no back wall now and all three bedrooms were destroyed."

Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly said fire dispatchers received a 911 call when Garrett noticed the smell of smoke, but wasn't sure where it was coming from. When firefighters arrived flames had consumed a large portion of the room of origin and burned up quite a bit of the floor.

Garrett and her girls are currently staying at her brother-in-law's home in Soldotna. Garrett said she planned to remodel the living room of her trailer the only room the fire didn't completely destroy but now is going to try to come up with lumber enough to build a house.

"My boss and some of our best friends are donating $1,000," she said, adding that her friends are going to see if the local construction stores would donate lumber. "They're all kind of helping build my home."

Tilly said it took firefighters approximately 12 minutes to put the fire out.

Even though firefighters are still investigating the cause, Garrett said she suspects it was the water heater that caused the trouble.

"Everybody's fine," Garrett said. "Luckily I was awake when it started and was able to get everybody out."

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