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Cats lost, birds saved in Heller Road trailer fire

Fire destroyed a mobile home in Wagon Wheel mobile home park Friday. Firefighters ripped out insulation to reach the heat. - Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
Fire destroyed a mobile home in Wagon Wheel mobile home park Friday. Firefighters ripped out insulation to reach the heat.
— image credit: Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

A mobile home fire killed two cats early Friday morning, but the resident managed to save her pet birds.

Chief Marv Koorn with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue said a woman living in a single-wide in Wagon Wheel mobile home park accidentally started the fire in the kitchen just before 12:30 a.m.

“She was going to do some cooking, but she put the pan on the stove and left it,” he said.

Fortunately, the woman noticed the stovetop ablaze. The flames were shooting up to the ceiling, Koorn said, so she grabbed her birds and went to a neighbor’s home.

Koorn said firefighters were able to respond and put the fire out quickly, but the older structure and most of the contents were completely destroyed by a combination of fire, smoke and heat. He said it’s hard to estimate the loss of older single-wides, but he guesses it’s around $30,000.

“These older mobiles are quick burners,” Koorn said. “It doesn’t take much for them to go.”

No people were injured in the blaze, but Koorn said a couple of cats were caught inside and died.

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