Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston gives instructions to firefighters before fighting a house fire this afternoon in the 600 block of East Fourth Street.

Photo by Brian Smith

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston gives instructions to firefighters before fighting a house fire this afternoon in the 600 block of East Fourth Street.

Fire destroys mobile home in Craig

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Craig Fire/Rescue firefighter Kevin Kernen walks out of a mobile home that caught fire this afternoon in the 600 block of East Fourth Street. Crews battled the blaze for less than an hour before extinguishing it. A family of three lived in the home, which is now uninhabitable.

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Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters battle a house fire this afternoon in the 600 block of East Fourth Street. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

A mobile home in the 600 block of East Fourth Street caught fire Friday afternoon in Craig, displacing a family of three.

The fire was reported about 1:39 p.m., and Craig Fire/Rescue responded to the scene with about 18 firefighters.

Firefighters had the blaze extinguished within an hour, but chief Bill Johnston said the home was a complete loss.

Johnston said the home caught on fire when family members attempted to use an “external propane heater to thaw out a water line.”

Family members attempted to fight the fire, but were unsuccessful, firefighters said.

Neither the family nor firefighters were hurt in the blaze.

The scene was cleared by 3:52 p.m.

The Craig Police Department and The Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene.

Johnston warned against using similar methods to thaw frozen pipes.

“When the weather gets cold and plumbing is not properly insulated or protected against freezing, sometimes people choose methods that are not the safest,” Johnston said.

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