Early-morning fires on consecutive days destroyed two mobile homes in Ellabell.
Three adults and a teenager lost their home in the first fire, according to Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell.
A space heater possibly caused the fire at the single-wide mobile home on Garland Street, Howell said.
Firefighters were called to the home around 2:20 a.m. on Thursday, according to the BCES report. The fire was brought under control “within a few minutes of the first arriving unit,” Howell said, but gutted the trailer.
A mobile home on Highway 204 East was destroyed in the second fire, which firefighters were called to shortly after 3 a.m. on Friday.
Two people were able to escape the home before the flames consumed it, according to Bryan County Emergency Services.However, their pet died in the fire, the report states.
“The home was a total loss,” Howell said.
The cause of the fire has not yet been undetermined. It started near the hot water heater, investigators said.
The home was “fully engulfed in flames” when firefighters arrived, according to the report. Several neighboring departments assisted in extinguishing the fire.
“A water supply was established by Pembroke Fire Department by using a drafting operation with water pulled directly from the Ogeechee River and being fed into water tenders who then took the water to the fire,” Howell said.
The Red Cross was contacted to assist both families, Howell said.