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Lander trailer fire under investigation

Apr 19, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Officials think the blaze began near the home's water heater.

Lander officials are investigating a structure fire that damaged an unoccupied trailer home April 11 in the 900 block of Riverview Drive.

No one was injured in the incident, which was reported by a neighbor at about 9:45 p.m. Fire department administrator Nick Hudson said one-quarter of the trailer was involved in flames when crews arrived on scene. Regardless, firefighters were able to limit the fire damage to a back bedroom and utility room, though Hudson said the entire trailer sustained heat and smoke damage.

"We were able to get a pretty quick knockdown on it," Hudson said. "We were on scene for just about two hours."

The trailer was being renovated at the time, and no one was inside of the structure, he said, adding that the blaze did not threaten any nearby buildings.

"It's in a residential-type neighborhood, but I wouldn't say anything was really threatened," he said. "It never got advanced far enough to be an issue."

Hudson said initial investigation has revealed that the fire began near the home's water heater.

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