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May 1, 2014

Mobile home fire doused quickly (video)

St. Peter woman loses home, but not everything

ST. PETER — A St. Peter woman is without a home but firefighters were able to save some of her belongings after responding to a fire Wednesday at the Green Valley Mobile Home Park in St. Peter.

For a short video of the fire, click here

The fire was reported at about 2:45 p.m. Flames were coming out of the roof, but firefighters were able to knock the blaze down and contain the fire in about half the mobile home, said Jim Randolph, St. Peter firefighter.

No neighboring homes were damaged.

"You usually only got about five minutes before it's all gone," he said. "For some reason this fire didn't spread that quickly. We saved half of the contents and contained it to one area."

Sherry Flowers was the only person living in the mobile home, Randolph said. She told firefighters she was not in the home when the fire started.

"She was out for a bike ride," Randolph said. "She came back to it."

It took firefighters 15 minutes to knock the flames down, but it took about an hour to put out all the hot spots inside the home. Randolph hadn't had a chance to talk to the firefighters who did most of the inside work, so he didn't know what might have caused the fire or if there was anything about it that was suspicious.

At about 4 p.m. firefighters wrapped yellow tape around the house. Black letters on the tape said, "Fire line do not cross." A St. Peter Police Department detective also was at the site looking inside and outside the mobile home.

Randolph said the next step would be taken after firefighters put everything away, parked the trucks, cleaned up and had a post-fire meeting at the Fire Department.

"If anything looks suspicious, we'll call the fire marshal," he said.


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