A mid afternoon fire on Saturday, January 9th, 2010, at 3080 Spring Creek Road, in Lafayette, completely destroyed a mobile home that was owned by Ricky Gammons.
The Lafayette Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 2:02 p.m. and according to Chief Keith Scruggs, the treacherous road conditions hindered their response. Upon arrival, the structure was fully involved with flames shooting out of the front and back as well.
Don Marshall, who was renting the trailer at the time, stated that he and his wife had gone to town, and when they returned and opened the front door, the entire living was on fire, where the wood stove was located.
“Believed to be the origin of the fire,” Chief Scruggs stated, “we battled the blaze for over thirty minutes in the twenty degree temperature and cold north wind, but it was simply beyond saving.”
“We had 12 firemen at the scene, six on stand by, one engine, a utility truck, plus a tanker,” Scruggs noted, “and we used over 2,700 gallons of water to extinguish the flames.”
The home was a total loss and the Marshall family had no insurance.
No injuries were reported and those responding to the scene were the Lafayette Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Services.
“With no family or friends,” Scruggs said, “we notified the Red Cross, who immediately provided the couple with emergency help, including shelter, clothing and food.”