- Last Updated on 07:48 AM 01/20/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
The American Red Cross is assisting 10 people, including five children, who were displaced Friday afternoon by a wind-swept fire that destroyed one trailer and damaged two others at Riverside Trailer Park on Philpott Highway near South Boston.
South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips said four county fire departments were at the scene at 2025 Philpott Highway from 12:22 p.m. to 2:18 p.m. fighting a fire that consumed a mobile home occupied by Fred Quinn and Portia Seate.
According to Phillips, the occupants of that home told him they heard something “pop” before seeing fire on the inside of the trailer and evacuating.
Quinn and Seate made it out safely, with Halifax County Rescue Squad treating the woman for burns at the scene.
As Quinn and Seate walked to the rescue squad to seek treatment for her burns, she described the popping noises she heard right before the pair realized the inside of their home was on fire.
“It was pop, pop, pop,” she said.
Due to the close proximity of the singlewide trailers in the park, the fire quickly spread to mobile homes on the left and right, causing damage to both of them, Phillips said.
The home to the left, occupied by Robin Hazelwood and one other person, had windows broken out and also suffered damage to the exterior, according to Phillips.
An occupant of the mobile home to the right, identified as Katrina Walton, was not home at the time of the fire, but five children in the home managed to escape without being injured.
That mobile home also had fire damage, with firemen removing portions of the exterior of both trailers to check for further damage.
Firemen contacted Dominion Virginia Power to cut electrical service to all three trailers, and fire investigators will determine if and when the two trailers not destroyed by the blaze are safe for the occupants to return, the fire chief explained.
One trailer, with an estimated value of $10,000, was completely destroyed in the fire, while the other two, also valued at $10,000, each received an estimated $1,000 damage, Phillips said.
South Boston Fire Department responded with two trucks and 12 firefighters, Turbeville Volunteer Fire Department responded with two trucks and eight firemen, and Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department also was dispatched to the scene with two trucks and eight firefighters.
Upon determining the location and intensity of the blaze, Midway Volunteer Fire Department responded with one truck and three firemen.
Approximately 5,000 gallons of water was used to bring the fire under control, according to Phillips, adding the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.