South Bryan and Richmond Hill firefighters battled a blaze Monday morning that destroyed an unoccupied South Bryan mobile home.
According to Bryan County Fire Chief Otis Willis, crews were dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to Cartertown Road after a neighbor reported the home on fire. No one was home at the time because the residents living there had moved out the afternoon before.
“The fire was knocked down probably within 30 to 40 minutes,” Willis said. “We got firefighters out because of the conditions, and shortly after that the roof caved in. So it was about 11:30 before we declared the fire under control.”
Willis said crews had the fire contained to one end of the mobile home, but smoke and heat damage caused the home to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, he said.
“It’s unusual because the young lady who left, the last one to leave the home, stated that she turned the electrical circuit breakers off when she left,” Willis said. “And the electrical box was on the other end of the trailer from where the fire started, so there is no apparent cause at this time.”
The two other homes in the area were not damaged by the fire, he said, and no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. Bryan County Sheriff’s Department and EMS also responded to the call.
And although the cause is undetermined from this fire, Willis said it is this time of year that fire departments are on extra alert.
“Because of the holidays and special lighting, we urge residents to please consider turning off Christmas lights at night, and be very careful with candles, presents and heaters,” he said.