Tucson firefighters respond to mobile home fire
Tucson firefighters responded to a mobile home fire on the northwest side Tuesday evening.
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson firefighters responded to a mobile home fire on Tucson's north westside Tuesday evening.
The blaze overtook a mobile home in the 1400 block of West Panama Lane just before 6:30 p.m., according to Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department.
Several people called 9-1-1 to report heavy smoke in the area.
Once on scene, crews encountered heavy flames just inside the doorway, Baker said.
Baker says there was a large amount of furniture and other items in the home, which made it challenging for firefighters to search the home for occupants.
Someone boarded up the doors and windows, which allowed the blaze to reach very high temperatures, further adding to the danger, Baker said.
The mobile home was vacant and firefighters were finally able to extinguish the flames, according to Baker.
Fire investigators are still not sure what caused the fire, according to Baker.
Baker says mobile home fires pose several risks to owners and firefighters. He says their
construction allows fire to spread quickly and they are often spaced closely together.
He recommends that mobile home residents practice an escape plan and make sure to have working smoke alarms. This will give you the best chance of survival in the event a fire ignites.