A mobile home is fully engulfed in flames at a trailer park at 3011 East Alsea Highway. The fire was reportedly preceded by an explosion of a propane tank. The occupants got out okay. Central Coast Fire, Seal Rock Fire, and Yachats Fire are responding.
Another mobile home to the west of the burning home is starting to smoke from the heat. Central Coast firefighters are trying to keep the fire from spreading to other nearby homes.
Yachats Fire on scene to assist.
Seal Rock Fire on scene. Fire apparatus staging on the highway to access a hydrant.
Central Coast firefighter reporting a possible burn victim. Yachats ambulance is responding.
Firefighters have mostly knocked down the blaze and are going into overhaul to ensure the fire is out.
1 older male has been displaced by the fire. Yachats medics requesting red cross be contacted.
No need for the burn victim to be transported to the hospital.
All fire units are leaving the scene.
When they were done mopping up, fire investigators talked with the owner who suffered only minor burns. They learned that it was the first time that propane had been hooked up to the motorhome in about eight or nine years. A close look at the propane tank valve and line leading to the motorhome led investigators to believe that the tank was not property installed and the lines were not properly connected and that a gas leak near the heater, with a pilot light going, ignited a large cloud of gas causing a big explosion and fire.
Firefighters remind everyone, that an improperly installed propane gas heater or stove can erupt anytime – and is often fatal. They urge hiring a licensed contractor to properly install propane equipment in motorhomes or any homes for that matter.