Firefighter pulls woman out of burning mobile home

January 28, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - A volunteer firefighter pulled a woman from her burning mobile home early Tuesday morning while two children living there were able to escape on their own, according to a fire official.

Officials believe the fire at Elsie Lock's home on Old Mill Road near Bunker Hill was started by one of two kerosene heaters the 53-year-old woman was using to heat the trailer, said Capt. Rick Petry of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department.

After arriving at the scene, Petry said he helped pull Lock through a window in the mobile home. Lock's grandchildren, 17-year-old Rodney Faircloth and 13-year-old Kevin Fowler, were able to escape through windows, Petry said.


One of the boys had cuts on his back and the other had cuts on his foot, Petry said.

Lock was slightly burned on her back, Petry said.

All three were taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg where they were treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Although Petry said one of the kerosene heaters started the 4:59 a.m. blaze, he is not sure what happened. Lock and her two grandchildren were awakened by the fire, he said.

Most of the mobile home was destroyed in the fire. Firefighters from the Back Creek Valley Fire Department in Berkeley County and from Clearbrook, Va., also responded to the fire, Petry said.

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