Fire destroys trailer

April 10, 2004|By RICHARD F. BELISLE


An Antrim Township, Pa., family of seven and their puppy were homeless Friday after a fire swept through their mobile home.

All escaped the flames without injury.

The trailer was owned by Tim Stoey, his wife, Cassy, and their five children, ages 4-18, Stoey said.

"We had just bought it from my brother," he said. "We didn't have any insurance. We lost everything."

Stoey said he would either ask the Red Cross to put up his family or they would live temporarily with relatives.

Stoey said some trash he was burning outside got out of control and spread to the outside of the trailer.

"We were burning our trash on the burn pile like always," Stoey said.

The alarm was called in shortly before 3 p.m., said Dave Hann, first lieutenant of Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 in Greencastle.


"We were all in the living room at the time," Cassy Stoey said. She said her husband smelled smoke and she saw flames.

"We tried to fight it but we couldn't," Tim Stoey said.

Stoey said he ran to the back door and managed to get the keys to the family car and move it out of danger.

The car had been damaged the night before.

"I smashed up the car last night" Stoey said, pointing to a gray sedan with damage to the front.

Stoey said he works as a display chef at Ryan's Family Steak House in Hagerstown.

He said he and his family had lived in the trailer since November 2000.

At times there were as many as nine people staying in the trailer when two of his teenage sons' friends stayed over. "It's sounds like a lot but they're not all here all at the same time," he said.

Hann said all firefighters could do was fight the fire from the outside.

Units from Maugansville and Long Meadow also responded, Hann said.

Hann said anyone wishing to help the Stoey family may call the Red Cross office in Chambersburg, Pa. The phone number is 717-264-6214.

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