A mobile home was totally destroyed by fire last Thursday, Jan. 29. Crothersville-Vernon Fire Chief Charles Densford said when firefighters arrived at the scene around 9 p.m., the mobile home, at 3039 U.S. 31, was fully engulfed.
It was unknown who lived at the residence, but Densford said a man and a woman, who were believed to be the owners of the mobile home, were sitting inside a truck outside the home when firefighters arrived. “Everybody was out,” Densford said. “It was fully engulfed when we got here.”
The cause was unknown at the time, and Densford said it would be determined once the fire was put out and an investigation was conducted. He did not suspect arson.
According to courthouse records, Jeff Ross of Seymour owned a mobile home listed at that location.
One Crothersville-Vernon volunteer fireman was treated by Jackson County Ambulance Service at the scene. The fireman had been exposed to excess heat and smoke around the mobile home, but he was not seriously injured. With temperatures hovering around 25 degrees Thursday night and with snow and ice on the ground, Densford said, that added to the firefighters’ battle.
“It makes it real difficult to fight when it’s cold like this,” he said, as they also have to worry about water from the hoses freezing up. “Everything doesn’t flow like it does when it’s warmer outside.”