Trailer fire results in ‘total loss’

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By Kristin Beck

A fire in the insulation underneath a Carroll County trailer June 23 ultimately led to it being deemed a total loss by the insurance company.

Carroll County firefighters responded to a double-wide trailer fire at the Hayes residence, located at 4000 Mound Hill Rd.

Westside Volunteer Fire Chief Clyde Rowlett said the neighbors called in the fire at 4:29 p.m., and Westside and Ghent Fire Protection District responded and were on scene at 4:43 p.m.

Rowlett said he believes a lightning strike caused the drier in the utility room to catch on fire in the ductwork, leading to the insulation under the trailer catching fire. Neighbors reported hearing thunder, followed by their electricity flashing, he said. The electric in the Hayes’ garage came back on, but not in the trailer.

The insulation was wrapped in plastic, and firefighters had to cut a hole into the floor and then into the foundation to fight it, Rowlett said. Carrollton Fire Department was dispatched at 5:49 p.m. for manpower as it was 90-plus degrees and humid outside the day of the fire, and the firefighters were exhausted, he said.

The fire was out at 6:25 p.m., and the last unit cleared the scene at 7:42 p.m.

The trailer had smoke damage throughout, as well as water and heat damage in the utility room and kitchen, Rowlett said. The insurance company deemed it a total loss because of the insulation damage underneath.

Shelby Energy was called to turn off the electric to the house, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Carroll County EMS also responded.