Firefighters stop blaze from causing serious damage to neighboring trailers

MANCHESTER — Firefighters got a trailer fire under control in around half an hourMonday afternoon, while keeping the blaze from causing serious structural damage to neighboring trailers on either side of the building.

The Manchester Fire Department received the call at 2:08 p.m. for a fire at Lot #5 in Limestone Estates Mobile Home Park, 3718 Route 96. Neighbors had discovered the fire and called 911, according to the Ontario County Emergency Management Office.

“On arrival we found one trailer — I hate to use the term ‘fully involved,’ but it was fully involved,” said Manchester Fire Chief Harry Bowker. “The fire was spreading to two trailers, on one each side.”

Firefighters attacked the blaze from both sides using water from a portable ground device with a capability of 500 gallons a minute. They also cooled down the neighboring trailers to prevent serious damages. The fire was under control at 2:40 p.m. but the trailer was a total loss.

Two adults live at the home; one adult male and a pet dog exited the structure safely before firefighters arrived. There were no injuries at the scene to either residents or firefighters, Bowker said.

Owned by Cassy Gillett of Phelps, the mobile home that burned is insured, and the two occupants have insurance. The American Red Cross responded and provided assistance, according to the emergency management office.

One of the neighboring trailers suffered damage to the exterior of the side nearer Lot #5, plus an internal wall, but will be inhabitable once repaired, Bowker said. The trailer on the other side only suffered some melted vinyl siding, he added.

While the fire originated in the front porch of the trailer, the cause has yet to be determined, Bowker said. It is under investigation by the Manchester Fire Department and the Ontario County fire coordinator.

Shortsville and Clifton Springs fire departments assisted at the scene, with Farmington on standby. Shortsville Ambulance also was on the scene.