Trailer fire leaves family homeless

December 20, 2001

Trailer fire leaves family homeless


A blaze destroyed a mobile home in Knoxville Wednesday morning, leaving a Washington County family homeless.

The fire at 1339 Hoffmaster Road gutted a mobile home rented by James Ballard and his family.

When firefighters arrived just before 10 a.m., flames were shooting from the mobile home and smoke could be seen from a distance, said Potomac Valley Fire Chief Ron Gray.

About 20 firefighters from Potomac Valley, Sharpsburg and Brunswick, Md., doused the home with water but the fire spread too rapidly for them to save the mobile home, he said.

"Everything they owned was a total loss," Gray said.

A day earlier, an improperly installed wood stove damaged the 1115 Mount Aetna Road home of Julie, Evelyn and Harry Hose, and Danny Foster, who were tenants there.


Tuesday's fire caused $10,000 in damage to the home owned by John Sowers, fire officials said.

The rear of the home was gutted and the rest of the building was damaged by smoke and water.

The original section of the structure was built more than 100 years ago, and the house had one or two rear additions.

At the Ballard's mobile home fire a car parked near the home was destroyed by the fire, Gray said. Firefighters saved a nearby shed.

The cause of the mobile home fire was under investigation Wednesday evening.

Firefighters were briefly called back to Hoffmaster Road around 10 p.m. after embers rekindled.

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross provided the families with hotel and restaurant vouchers, said Cindy Blackstock Kline, director of emergency services for the local chapter.

"It's upsetting at this time to see families displaced by fire," said Kline.

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