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Fire destroys Coahoma residence

August 8, 2013

A Howard County sheriff's deputy directs traffic away from the scene of a trailer home fire in Coahoma Wednesday afternoon. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

COAHOMA — An early afternoon fire here Wednesday destroyed a trailer home, but its occupants fortunately escaped injury.

The fire started shortly after 2 p.m. in the 300 block of Hoover Avenue. Several units from the Howard County Volunteer and Big Spring fire departments arrived shortly thereafter to find the home engulfed in flames.

HCVFD Chief Tommy Sullivan said the fire appeared to have started in the living room area and quickly spread to all other areas of the trailer home.

“When we first got the call, it was unsure whether there was anybody still inside the trailer,” Sullivan said. “Fortunately, they were able to get out in time, because by the time we got there, it was fully engulfed.”

Seven volunteer units, along with a BSFD engine and ambulance, responded to the scene. The fire was contained within an hour of the first call, although a volunteer unit remained on scene checking for “hot spots” until 7 p.m., Sullivan said.

No injuries were reported, but the home was a total loss, he added.

The trailer home fire capped a busy 24 hours for the county volunteers, who battled six blazes — including two tank battery fires — during that time frame. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

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