One fire fighter suffered a minor shoulder injury.
Fire fighters were dispatched Monday afternoon to 6011 Greenfield Drive off of Route 180 (Jefferson Pike) for a mobile home fire.
Lt. Keith Hubble with Frederick County Fire and Rescue says the call went out at around 1:37 PM. Fire fighters found heavy fire in the trailer. He says personnel spent 20-minutes putting out the flames. “There was no damage to any of the other units, and no injuries to any civilians. We had one fire fighter that was transported with a minor shoulder injury, just being taken in for a checkup,” he says.
The fire generated a lot of smoke that could be seen a few miles away. “When you’re dealing with a trailer, you have a lot of plastics and materials that burn and produce a lot of smoke. There was quite a bit of furniture and such inside the trailer,” says Lt. Hubble.
The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene to conduct an investigation into the cause and damage estimate. But Lt. Hubble says the mobile home itself was heavily damaged. “Unfortunately, I’d say the structure that was on fire is going to be a total loss,” he says.
The mobile home is owned by Michael James Smith, Jr. He was not home at the time of the fire, but arrived at the scene after being told about the fire. He says he’s an artist, and a lot of his artwork was destroyed by the fire. “I had trophies, an elk, a moose, a lot of stuff I did along the way, a lot of hunting when I was younger,” he said. “I stopped hunting six years ago, but I can get all of this again.”
Despite this loss, Smith says he’s happy he’s still alive. “I don’t have any insurance either,” he said. “It’s expensive to have trailer insurance. Anything in there can be replaced. You can’t replace your life.
Smith says he can stay with his parents who have a home in Clover Hill.