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Fire damages trailer home

By Staff | Aug 12, 2009

An afternoon fire on Aug. 12 caused extensive damage to a Rugby trailer home belonging to Kirk Wilkie at 925 Parkland Trailer Court, according to Gary Kraft, Rugby fire chief.

No one was inside at the time of the fire which was reported around 2 p.m. The Rugby Fire Department sent two pumper trucks the rescue wagon and a dozen firefighters to the scene and quickly the blaze contained in about 30 minutes, but nearly all the contents in the Wilkie home were lost, Kraft said.

“It’s a tough situation to see a family lose everything,’ he said.

The cause of fire has been linked to an extension cord plugged into an air conditioner.

In addition to battling thick smoke in a confined area, the firefighters were working in temperatures in the upper 90s and they required plenty of water after coming out of the home. The fire was concentrated on the east side, but the heat and smoke spread throughout.

Fire officials made a last walk through in the home, checking closets and under beds to make sure no one was trapped inside. The fire marshal will be called in to investigate which is standard procedure of a fire at an occupied residence, Kraft said.

The Rugby Police Department provided traffic control to allow firefighters to hook up hoses at the other end of the block. The Rugby Ambulance Service also was on the scene.

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