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Fire damages mobile home on East North Street

By Advocate Staff Report
April 6, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2011 at 11:06 p.m.

Victoria Fire Department firefighters, who declined to give their names, spray down smoking furniture that was removed from a mobile home that caught fire Wednesday afternoon at the East North Mobile Home Park. The fire caused significant damage to the home but was not deemed a total loss. No one was injured in the fire.

Monica Spiggle was cooling down with a glass of iced tea and opening doors to circulate air through her fiance's mother's mobile home when she saw the flames.

"I screamed, 'Call the fire department,'" Spiggle, 37, said she yelled to her fiance, Justin Machicek, 30.

The home in the East North Mobile Home Park in the 2200 block of East North Street caught fire about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

No one was injured in the fire that started in the back bedroom, said Victoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Roger Hempel.

The couple lives in the home with Machicek's mother, Ardith January, and her husband, Theodore Drexler.

"I have no earthly idea how long we've been here," said January, who got the call about her home while at work.

Shock slowly turned to tears as January wondered where the family would now stay, especially after she had paid off her home.

"I just had to pay trailer space. Now I have to start over again," she said.

The 55-year-old said she has insurance on the home but wasn't sure how much of the damage it would cover.

Machicek said he and neighbors pulled siding off the back corner of the home and attempted to contain the flames with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

The couple was able to rescue two of the family dogs, but January's cat was missing Wednesday night.

Firefighters attacked the fire from both inside and outside the home and were able to spare the home from being a total loss, Hempel said.

The cause of the blaze was undetermined Wednesday night.



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