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Fire destroys mobile home

January 20, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A family of four lost its Slabtown Road home Tuesday morning, but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from reaching a second mobile home nearby.

"They made a tremendous knockdown. With the proximity of that (other) trailer, it could've been much worse," Mont Alto (Pa.) Fire Chief Dan Reed said.

Firefighters were dispatched to 7093 Slabtown Road at 9:16 a.m. and had the fire under control in less than an hour. When they arrived, firefighters saw smoke coming from every window and door of the McNeil home.

"The west end of the mobile home was fully involved," Reed said.

Fire department officials decided to establish a "fill site" to get water from the intersection of University Drive and Slabtown Road. However, they were able to rely instead on water transported in several tanker trucks.

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At one point, firefighters were called out of the bedroom due to a collapsing roof. Once it was established that the floor was secure, they re-entered to fight potential hot spots.

A state police fire marshal was expected to be on the scene Wednesday morning to investigate.

"We don't know what has happened at this point," Reed said.

Reed contacted the American Red Cross to provide assistance for the family.

Responding companies included Mont Alto, Blue Ridge Summit, Waynesboro, Greencastle, Marion, Franklin, New Franklin, Shippensburg, South Mountain and Fayetteville from Pennsylvania. The Washington County Air Unit responded, as did ambulances from Waynesboro and Mont Alto.

No injuries were reported.

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