Mobile home falls in after Monday morning fire

An occupied mobile home located near the scene also caught fire and caused the siding on it to melt. | Photo by Angela Turner 

CORBIN — The West Knox Fire Department has been busy the last two days.

On Monday morning at approximately 8:30 a.m., firefighters got a call about a single-wide mobile home fire on Foley Road located behind Walmart in Corbin.

West Knox Fire Chief Darryl Baker said the mobile home had already fallen in when firefighters arrived on the scene. Three salvage vehicles parked next to the mobile home were also completely damaged.

The mobile home was not being lived in and no one was injured in the fire. The owner stated the mobile home was being used for storage.

However, an occupied mobile home located near the scene also caught fire and caused the siding on it to melt. Baker said firefighters were able to extinguish it and that home only suffered minor damage.

Firefighters were on the scene for less than two hours. The cause of the fire is still being determined.

“The owner of the trailer said he hadn’t been in it since yesterday morning,” said Baker. “He keeps feed in it for his chickens.”

West Knox Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Keavy Volunteer Fire Department, Corbin Fire Department and Laurel County Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Baker, at the request of the homeowner, requested an arson investigator to the scene. The homeowner had some suspicions about who may have been behind the fire.

Baker said West Knox Volunteer Fire and Rescue also responded to a structure fire at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night in the Moore Hill area.

This structure also was not currently occupied but was being remodeled for rental purposes.

“We’re not for sure what caused the fire but we contained it to the two rooms it was in when we got there,” Baker said.

Firefighters were on the scene at that fire for more than five hours.

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