Mobile home lost

Although firefighters quickly extinguished a mobile home fire Monday at 1100 E. South St. No. 56, the extensive damage will likely make it a total loss.

Hastings Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said the damage to the mobile home would likely exceed the total value of the structure.

Twelve firefighters arrived quickly on scene, due to several being in a hazardous materials training class at the Lincoln Park Fire Station at the time.

“We had an unusual number immediately available,” Gilbert said. “We were able to get a lot of things done quickly.”

Most mobile home fires are fully involved in a matter of minutes. Gilbert said the number of available firefighters and sparse furnishings in the home contributed to making it easier to put the fire out.

The owner of the mobile home, Daniel Wirick, said he had just left the residence to go back to work when he received a call from a neighbor about smoke coming the building.

He has insurance on the mobile home, but he’s still not sure exactly how the loss will affect him.

Gilbert said the structure won’t be inhabitable unless repaired.

An investigation determined the cause of the fire was unintentional due to the disposal of smoking materials in a waste basket.

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