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July 17, 2012

Cause of mobile home fire under investigation

Firemen respond to scene

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater firefighters aided by Morrison volunteer firefighters battled a mobile home fire on Lone Chimney Road Tuesday afternoon.

The mobile home was destroyed, but firefighters didn’t immediately know what caused the fire, Stillwater Fire Department Battalion Chief Terry Essery said at the scene.

“By the time we got here, the mobile home was fully involved,” he said, adding the family was out of the mobile home when firefighters arrived.

Essery said several small grass fires were surrounding the burning structure, but bales of hay helped fuel the blaze to a larger extent.

A 10- to 15-mph wind made it difficult to control the fire, he said.

“It’s been challenging,” Essery said. “The wind has been the biggest deal. We really feared the fire would go farther north.”

Essery said there was another fire Tuesday in Perkins “around Sanger and 104th,” but he was unsure about details at the time.

Earlier this month, the Payne County Commission issued a 30-day burn ban. The ban prohibits the use of charcoal grills, camp fires, bonfires or trash burning. Welding, torch-down roofing and gas grills are permitted with adequate precautions — fire extinguishers.

The burn ban also states it is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass, range, crop or other wildlands.

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