A fire in the Rocky Fork Lake area destroyed a family’s home Wednesday while smoke in the Southern State Community College’s Patri-Tots Learning Center later in the afternoon caused the evacuation of children.
Paint Creek Joint/EMS Fire District Chief Dave Manning said his department was dispatched to 6806 Heathermoor Trail at 1:27 p.m. and upon arrival firefighters found flames showing from about half of the trailer.
Manning said firefighters at first initiated an exterior defense attack to knock down the flames then went into the interior to extinguish the fire. He said the trailer was a total loss.
The trailer was a rental unit owned by Chat Heflin. Manning said two adults and a child lived there, but that no one was at home at the time of the fire.
Paint Creek contacted the American Red Cross to assist the family.
The cause of the fire had not been determined by late Wednesday afternoon, but Manning said it was believed to be unintentional and that an electrical origin could not be ruled out.
The chief said there were no injuries.
Paint Creek received mutual aid from the Brushcreek, Marshall and Leesburg fire departments.
At 3:38 p.m., Paint Creek was dispatched to 200 Hobart Drive, the location of Southern State’s Patri-Tots Center. Manning said that upon arrival firefighters found smoke in the structure.
He said that the young students there were evacuated into the playground area originally, then taken on to the college campus next door where they were picked up.
The cause of the smoke was an air handler blower motor that went bad, Manning said.
Firefighters ventilated the building in a short amount of time, according to Manning.
No injuries were reported.
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