Vacant travel trailer catches fire

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Nov. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.
Updated Nov. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

A vacant travel trailer caught fire during the noon hour Friday.

No one was hurt in the blaze at 402 S. Laurent St., which was put out by the Victoria Fire Department in about 10 minutes, Capt. Adam Luther said.

Police closed off South Laurent Street from Juan Linn to Hopkins streets for about an hour so firefighters could run hoses across the roadway.

Full of trash, the trailer was deemed a total loss. An investigation into the fire’s origin and cause is ongoing.

Luther said they’re still trying to locate the owner of the trailer.

Joyce Ambem was cleaning her mothers’ house near by when she spotted the two-story tall flames. She said the property owner routinely stripped travel trailers of their metal and set them on fire to destroy them. She said she’s complained to the fire marshal about it before.

“I had the front door open, and I was like, ‘Holy cow,’” she said, describing how she frantically loaded up the family pet to get out of there. “If the wind had switched, the house would’ve been gone.”

Betty Echeveste and her husband, Luis, called 911 on their way to the family restaurant, Taco Poco Loco, which is across the street.

Betty Echeveste was offering the firefighters lemonade as their work wound down.

“I said, ‘I guess we’re not getting anymore customers,’” she said while eating Mexican food. “The ones we did have just stared at the fire.”

She thought the firefighters did a good job of responding quickly.



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