Man’s mobile home destroyed by blaze

LINDEN – A trailer fire that broke out about 9:45 a.m. Friday displaced one person, according to fire Chief Richard Whalen, of the Woodward Township Volunteer Fire Co.

Steve Welshans, of 6235 Route 220, Woodward Township, was not home when his double-wide trailer was destroyed by a fire.

Woodward Township firefighters faced heavy smoke upon arriving at the scene at Carpenter’s Trailer Park. As they were getting ready to engage the fire, flames burst through the roof of the home, Whalen said.

Flames also could be seen coming from the side of the trailer, Assistant Chief Steve Reeser said.

“We started out with an exterior attack and then moved to the interior once we got the flames knocked down,” Reeser said.

The fire was under control about 30 minutes after first responders arrived and the fire was out completely around 11:30 a.m., according to Reeser.

Around 2 p.m., firefighters returned to the trailer as the fire had rekindled near the roof, Whalen said.

“We got called back to take care of some hot spots,” Reeser said.

Whalen said the home was insured and added that the cause of the fire still is unknown and that a state police fire marshall will investigate on Monday or Tuesday.

Reeser said the cause does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

The American Red Cross will assist Welshans, Whalen said.

Assisting the Woodward Township Volunteer Fire Co. were firefighters from Old Lycoming Township, Nisbet, Jersey Shore and DuBoistown.