Young boy helps family members escape burning mobile home

Emporia Gazette – June 29, 2017

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The brave action of a 6-year-old helped a rural Lyon County family escape its burning mobile home Wednesday afternoon.

A chicken coop — and later a mobile home located just north of the main property at 820 Road 290 — caught fire north of Americus Wednesday afternoon. An electrical heating fixture attached the chicken coop ignited, engulfing the chicken coop before spreading to the mobile home.

“They had a chicken coop hooked up to the outside,” said Americus Fire Chief Bill Harmon. “That’s where the origin was, was out there.”

Harmon said no one was injured, and said there was no further danger. The mobile home is a total loss.

“The south end didn’t burn but I’m going to go ahead and call it a total loss because of the smoke,” Harmon said.

The fact no one was injured was due in large part to the work of a young boy, who helped himself and two family members escape the mobile home.

“Twenty-two- year-old, Elizabeth Price, was in the residence with her two young nephews when she noticed smoke and fire in the front of the house,” Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Lee said in a written statement. “Price said her 6-year-old nephew kicked open the back door, and they all escaped without injury. Price then called 911.”

Just before 2:45 p.m., scanner traffic indicated a structure fire in the 800 block of Road 290 — about seven miles northeast of Americus. Initially, a chicken coop was the only structure said to be on fire, but within a few minutes, scanner traffic indicated the front side of a home on the property had also ignited.

When crews from the Americus Fire Department arrived on scene, they confirmed the mobile home was on fire and said there was no one inside.

Property owners, Michael and Mary Hale, were at home at the time of the fire. Emporia – Lyon County, Americus, Allen, Miller and Reading Fire Departments responded and were able to put the fire out before it could spread to other structures on the property, according to Lee.

Strong south winds of 23 miles per hour with gusts up to 36 miles per hour fueled the spread of the blaze.

A Westar Energy crew was also on scene to make sure electricity had been cut from the mobile home.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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