Trailer, cars destroyed by fireAug 5, 2014 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
A young boy playing with a lighter may have started the fire that destroyed a trailer home Sunday on Rendezvous Road south of Riverton.
No one was injured in the blaze, though one male resident suffered minor smoke inhalation.
Riverton Volunteer Fire Department chief Mike Hutchison said the man and other residents had entered the home while it was burning.
"They kept running back," he said. "I don't know exactly what they were doing. ... It was total chaos when I got there."
In the initial call to police, the dispatcher said the reporting party was "hysterical."
Hutchison said the trailer was fully involved in flames by the time the call came in. He was near Honor Farm Road at the time, and he said he could see the smoke from there.
"So it was pretty well along before it was reported," he said, adding, "Those things move fast --those trailer house fires."
About 13 firefighters with two engine companies and two tankers responded to the scene, where the trailer house and four cars were ablaze. Hutchison called the incident a "total loss."
An adjacent trailer home was threatened by flames as well, but Hutchison said it was cooled down before it fully ignited.
"It had some heat damage on the outside," he said.
In speaking with an officer at the scene, Hutchison learned that a small child age 3-5 had been playing with a lighter before the fire began.
At least one family with children lived in the home, and Hutchison said other people were at the house when the fire began.
"It was kind of tough to tell who was living there," Hutchison said.
Crews were on scene for up to two hours.