Flames Destroy 3 Mobile Homes

SOUTH HEIGHTS (KDKA) – The American Red Cross is helping several Beaver County families left homeless when flames ripped through a mobile home park over the weekend.

Firefighters could do little to stop a raging fire that quickly destroyed three mobile homes in the South Heights Mobile Home Park Sunday morning.

“An inferno. [It] took about five minutes to be completely up in flames. Then, it started catching on both the other houses,” Wesley Stiffler said.

Stiffler said a man, who lived in the trailer where the fire started, knocked on his door around 2:30 a.m.

Residents in three of the affected homes all got out safely. Intense flames destroyed a car and melted siding on nearby homes.

“We got out and soon, my husband says,’ Wake up!’ It’s like three o’clock in the morning. He says, ‘Emerge, emerge, get up!’ The whole house was like, engulfed,” Danielle Lightman said.

South Heights has no fire department. As a result, the community has to depend on the Ambridge Fire Department across the river.

When firefighters arrived, they couldn’t get any water from the fire hydrant across the street from the trailer park.

Firefighters could not tap into the water source because the threading on their hoses did not match the fire hydrants.

By the time they secured an adapter to connect the hoses, precious time had been lost.

“You had all the fire departments here and you couldn’t get [any] water? I just don’t understand that. If they had water, my uncle’s trailer would have been saved,” one man said.

“The firemen were great. They were doing everything they could, but they couldn’t get water. I don’t know if it was because of the sub-freezing temperatures, or what,” Charlie Godart said.

Godart credits firefighters for preventing the flames from spreading.

“The people that live in this park really, truly thought they were all just going to burn right down the row,” Godart said.

All of the residents in the trailer park were temporarily without water and electricity. Neighbors blame a faulty furnace, but the cause is still under investigation.

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  • Brad

    If they are mobile homes why didn’t they just move away from the fire

  • Officer Jim Lahey

    God damn Ricky and Julian growin dope again!!

  • daniellelightman

    I thank god that everyone made it out alive i half to really be thankful that our trailor had survibe this terrible fire its standing im happy

  • Brad

    Have you all ever noticed that Manu mobile home parks call them selves “estates”. The empire king estates is just a bunch of trailers. Ha!

  • Firefighter

    I am a firefighter that was at the fire , Just be thankfull that everyone is safe. You can replace material things but you can’t replace a life !

  • Nick59

    Good job to all the FF who helped keep the fire from getting worse than it did mobile homes go up fast.
    Amazing all the talk about sprinklers etc in new homes but they never talk about making mobile homes safer.

  • Slyfox

    You people making fun of others that live in trailers are sick. Something is wrong with you. Some people can’t afford a nice big house, some could be retirees, some a home with children… And all you can do is poke fun.

    • Brad

      Dont hate me cause I have a big house and u live in a trailer. That sir, is your fault. I’m not more intelligent than any of the trailer folk. I just worked harder. So yes I will make fun of you and ur mobile home and your straight-line family tree .

  • Cruzer

    I have seen demonstrations of an engineered water additive called F-500, that would have made a difference. It is designed to deal with scenarios like these (lack of water, fast moving fire, etc.)

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