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Man escapes serious injury in mobile home fire

July 11, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gary Ragland said he lost his cat, Storm, and dog, Lightning, in a fire that destroyed his mobile home Monday evening.

Ragland, 45, of 70 Crawford Quarry Road in Berkeley County, W.Va., said he had fire insurance on the home, which was engulfed in flames that spread from a motorcycle he was trying to start on his porch.

"The gas must have leaked out and ignited," said Ragland, who refused treatment for burns to his feet and hands.

The fire started between 5:30 and 6 p.m. and Ragland said his attempts to put it out failed. Bedington Volunteer Fire Department personnel ultimately tackled the blaze, he said.

Aside from the motorcycle, a 1985 Honda Shadow, Ragland said two vehicles also were lost and a couple others were damaged in the fire.

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The American Red Cross has provided assistance to Ragland, who said he was staying with his sister.

"I don't know if I want to go back to a trailer," Ragland said when asked he planned to get another mobile home for the property that he rents.

Donations on Ragland's behalf should be directed to The American Red Cross, which can reached at 304-263-5241.

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