Weekend fires destroyed a mobile home at North Lake Brownwood and a travel trailer south of Early.Weekend fires destroyed a mobile home at North Lake Brownwood where a man and his wife lived, and a travel trailer south of Early where a man lived alone.
No one was injured in either fire, but a dog was killed in the North Lake Brownwood fire, which was reported at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston said.
A malfunction in the mobile home’s heating unit caused the fire in the 3300 block of Bayside, displacing Russ and Nancy Davis, a couple in their early 70s, Preston said.
“He is a very light sleeper and he heard popping and got up, and the smoke detector went off,” Preston said of Russ Davis. “He got up and got (his wife) out.”
The couple went outside with their dog and called 9-1-1, but the dog ran back inside the mobile home and perished, Preston said.
Two vehicles were also destroyed. Preston said the mobile home appeared to be about a 70-foot-by-14-foot with an addition.
Fire departments from North Lake, the Bridge, May, the Dam, Early and Rising Star responded, Preston said.
The Davises had insurance on the home and will stay in a motor home that was not damaged, he said.
Saturday afternoon, an electrical short in an outlet caused a fire that destroyed a travel trailer on U.S. 183 South, about 2 miles south of Early.
The trailer’s sole occupant, George Grote, also in his 70s, was out cutting mesquite on the 8 acres of property he owns when the fire began, Preston said. A neighbor saw smoke from the trailer and ran toward it, which alerted Grote.
Grote, who raises and shoes horses, also had insurance, Preston said.
Mobile home, travel trailer destroyed in weekend fires