Monday fire destroys trailer

1STOCK Fire_graphicHOUSTON – A homeowner woke up coughing about 2 a.m. Monday to discover a fire in her trailer on Highway 8 east of Houston.

Firefighters responded to a fire call at 105 Marie Drive east of Houston early Monday and found the trailer owned by Norman and Melissa Nabors full engulfed in flames, but the couple safely outside.

“She told us she woke up coughing and immediately woke up her husband,” said Capt. Jonathan Blankenship, of the Houston Fire Department. “He told us the smoke was so thick he had to crawl out of the house on his belly. We are fortunate she woke up when she did.”

Blankenship said the Nabors believe the fire started at or near the breaker box.

“When we arrived on the scene the entire structure was on fire,” said Blankenship. “It was a total loss.”

Blankenship said neither the Nabors nor firefighters reported hearing a smoke detector.

“Our firefighters attacked the blaze as best they could,” said Blankenship. “Newer mobile homes have sheetrock and features to slow a fire. Older trailers like this one are built with a lot of wood and paneling and burn quickly.”

The Nabors told firefighters they had recently finished paying for the trailer and it was uninsured.

Blankenship said no one was injured in the blaze and firefighters did not encounter any unusual problems fighting the fire.

The fire was on the north side of Highway 8 just east of the Natchez Trace and visible from the highway.

Blankenship said the Houston Fire Department responded with a pumper and tanker and personnel from South East Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

“I want to encourage people to make sure they have a working smoke detector in their bedroom or hallway,” said Blankenship. “It’s tragic these people lost everything like this, but it could have been much worse.”

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