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Family displaced after blaze destroys trailer home

Apr 28, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Dubois fire chief Mike Franchini said the incident does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

No one was injured in a fire Wednesday afternoon that destroyed a single-wide trailer home in Dubois.

Officials were called to the scene at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday by the woman who lived in the trailer with her two children in the 5700 block of U.S. Highway 26 in Dubois.

"She smelled smoke and got up to kind of walk around and take a look," Dubois fire chief Mike Franchini said Friday. "She found a lot of smoke in the mud room, so she called 911 and then evacuated the house."

When he arrived on scene, Franchini said the attached mud room was involved in "pretty heavy fire" that spread quickly throughout the building.

"It was a defensive fire," he said, explaining that crews attacked the blaze from outside of the home. "It was pretty cut and dried. The fire knocked down really fast."

Regardless, he said the resident lost all of her personal belongings that were left in the home, and Franchini said the trailer was "pretty well gutted." He believes the woman and her children received help from friends, who were present at the scene.

The blaze is under investigation by the Wyoming State Fire Marshal's Office, though Franchini said it does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

Crews in two engines, a rescue truck and three water tenders responded to the scene along with an oxygen support unit from the Fremont County Fire Protection District. Franchini said he cleared the scene at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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