Weekend fire destroys mobile home
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 12, 2006 - Two structure fires kept several of the county's fire departments busy over the weekend.

One blaze destroyed a single-wide mobile home, while the other charred the exterior of a house in the Cherry Grove community. No injuries were reported in either fire.

The first blaze was reported at 8:23 p.m. Saturday night. Neither Alfredo Gomez nor Jeaneth Jumique were at the FM 900 residence when the fire occurred, according to officials. The couple already had another place to stay, but did not have insurance to cover the cost of replacing their belongings. Hopkins County Salvation Army provided them with clothing and other immediate needs.

Saltillo and Pickton-Pine Forest firefighters responded to the fire in the Greenwood community, as did Purley and South Franklin fire departments from Franklin County.

When they arrived, firemen reported the mobile home was "fully involved." Firefighters were able to knock the fire down relatively quickly, but the roof collapsed.

Fire crews remained on scene until 10 p.m. Saturday.

Hopkins County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle said Monday he had yet to be able to determine the cause.

"The roof had caved in, and I couldn't get under it for further investigation," Caudle said Monday afternoon. "It is going to be a total loss."

The second fire was reported at 9:23 p.m. Sunday on County Road 4761 in Cherry Grove.

Hopkins County, North Hopkins and Brinker responded to that fire. When they arrived, heavy smoke could be seen in the area of the porch. The fire was quickly extinguished, with damage limited to the exterior.

"Christmas lights were plugged into an extension cord," Caudle said. "The lightweight cord was plugged into the porch light. It overheated and caught the porch on fire."

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