Tucson mobile home fire fast and intense

2013-07-20T19:01:00Z Tucson mobile home fire fast and intenseKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 20, 2013 7:01 pm  • 

A fire in a southwest side mobile home was extinguished within 10 minutes, but it still caused significant damage.

No one was in the double wide mobile home in the 1600 block of East Bantam Road at South Campbell Avenue when a neighbor saw smoke and flames coming from a bedroom window and called 911 to report the blaze just before 1`2:30 a.m., Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release.

It took eight units and 21 firefighters 10 minutes to extinguish the blaze early Saturday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. An estimate of damage has not been determined, Baker said.

“National fire statistics indicate that fire fatalities in mobile homes are disproportionately high when compared with those in conventionally constructed dwellings ... (because) mobile and prefabricated homes are fast, intense burners,” Baker said. “Their lightweight structural members and thin ceiling and wall coverings provide plenty of high surface area to mass ratio fuel for rapid fire spread.”

That’s why “it is especially important to have working smoke alarms, providing those few moments that can be the difference between life and death,” he said.

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