Fire destroys Jeffcoat home

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Firefighters extinguished a blaze Wednesday morning that consumed a mobile home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols said.

Shelia Glaze, who was moving into the house at 2221 Jeffcoat Drive, was apparently vacuuming in the back of the house when the blaze started, Nichols said.

She was not injured.

Beds and some furniture were destroyed in the fire but the wo-man had not moved in many of her personal items, Nichols said.

The home is considered a total loss, Nichols said. It burned down at about 11 a.m.

An employee of Shepherd & Sons was working on the pipes underneath the house. He was not using a soldering iron Wednesday but had been while working on the house on previous days, Nichols said. The employee was taken to The Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation.

It's unclear how the fire started and whether it started inside the home or out, Nichols said. The fire started near the back bedroom of the house and moved toward the front of the house toward the road. Firefighters found a cat in the house that had died in the blaze.

Craig Police Sgt. Brian Soper said the house had been mostly unoccupied for the past couple of months.

"It really made a mess," said Karen Sakran, an onlooker who stopped by after seeing the flames from her home several blocks away.

"Right now, we're still piecing it together," Nichols said.

Nichols said mobile homes tend to burn hot and quickly. He advised that, in the event of a fire in a mobile home, residents should evacuate quickly and not worry about gathering up personal belongings.

Several neighbors said they suspected the home harbored drug activity, but Nichols said firefighters found no evidence that drugs were present in the house.

Information circulating a-m-ong neighbors and onlookers during the fire that the burned house harbored a meth lab is "unsupported rumors," Nichols said.

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