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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Electrical fire burns trailer

  • An electrical fire that started in the living room of a single-wide trailer south of Rolla burned more than half of the residence early Wednesday morning.
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  • An electrical fire that started in the living room of a single-wide trailer south of Rolla burned more than half of the residence early Wednesday morning.
    The blaze awoke resident Brandon Johnson, who escaped unharmed from the trailer located at 16041 Private Drive 7167, off County Road 7160, west of U.S. Route 63.
    “I woke up to smoke,” Johnson said. He didn’t see the flames at first, but when he finally did, they were between him and a fire extinguisher.
    Once he got out of the trailer, he tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, but he said the hose wasn’t long enough.
    Neighbor Robert Walker woke up around the same time and heard screams, which he found out later were from Johnson and his mother warning him to get out of Walker’s residence in case the fire spread.
    Walker called 911 and the Rolla Rural Fire Protection District responded.
    Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Light said the call came in around 5:13 a.m.
    Walker said the fire department had to be called back after the fire reignited. Then the blaze reignited a third time, but Walker said he and Johnson were able to knock it down for the last time.
    Johnson has lived in the neighborhood since 2004 and this is the first fire he has been in.
    While Johnson and his dog escaped, he has not been able to find his cat since the fire.
    The American Red Cross is assisting Johnson, who is now living with his mother next to the burnt residence. Johnson owns all of the trailers on the private drive.

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