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Fire wrecks trailer house, but no injuries

Dec 21, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton firefighters responded at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday to a structure fire at 134 Comanche Court.

No one was injured in the blaze, though several people reportedly were home at the time.

Riverton Volunteer Fire Department chief Ralph Estell said the fire may have begun in the back bedroom of the trailer house that was destroyed in the incident.

He said the building was "fully involved" in flames when he arrived on scene.

"By the time we got any water on it, the roof had already collapsed," he said.

Firefighters had begun by attacking a trailer next-door that had caught fire as a result of the incident. Estell said the second building's covered porch was burning, with flames spreading to the roof.

"We had a mini-event, but we put it out," he said. "We had to kind of take some siding off to get into it."

The crew of three trucks and 14 firefighters also extinguished the flames covering a pickup truck that was parked in-between the two trailers. Estell said the truck was destroyed, though he wasn't sure if it was working to begin with. A nearby propane tank made the fire "a little interesting," Estell added.

"The line melted off that, (but) we were able to get that under control," he said.

The Riverton Police Department, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and emergency medical personnel responded with the RVFD to help evacuate homes surrounding the fire. Estell said the incident was handled smoothly.

"Everything went pretty well," he said. "We had a good fight on it."

A cause of the fire has not been determined, but Estell said it seemed accidental. Crews were on scene until about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

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