Crews respond to structure fires at same home twice in one day

Crews respond to structure fires at same home twice in one day. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

Local fire agencies responded to multiple structure fire calls at a single mobile home twice on Wednesday.

The first call came in around 2:45 p.m. after a neighbor reported heavy smoke coming out of a window at the Rustic Mobile Park.

Crews arrived to find a small fire confined to the kitchen of the home, which has been vacant as new owners work to renovate the property.

Initial investigations revealed those renovations could be to blame.

"It was possibly oil soaked rags and spontaneous combustion," said Battalion Chief Jeff Bancroft with Fire District Three. "Just a pile of rags that got too hot."

According to Bancroft, crews were on scene for hours completing mop up operations following the first call. He said crews were preparing to go check on the property when the second structure fire call came in around 8:15 p.m., noting that a neighbor reported flames coming fromt he inside of the home.

"It was basically in the same exact spot," said Bancroft.

After mop-up is completed, Bancroft said crews will likely check on the property again Wednesday night and Thursday morning in order to prevent another flare-up.

While fire investigators have yet to release and official cause of the fire, Bancroft said this serves as a good reminder to store oil-based items properly-- even in the winter.

"It can be really cold and it can still happen," he said. "If you have any oil soaked rags or rags that are soaked in turpentine, you want to make sure they're in an airtight container."

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