May 27, 2009 (El Cajon)-- El Cajon Fire crews responded to a trailer home fire at the Horseshoe Trailer Park, located at 150 South Anza, Space 1B early this morning. As crews arrived, they found a 30-foot trailer home fully involved. Firefighters had the fire knocked down in less than 10 minutes. Their quick action kept the fire from spreading to other nearby trailers, and the fire was contained to the one trailer and an attached patio area. An elderly man was at home inside the trailer when the fire started, he was able to escape unharmed. His wife was at work at the time of the blaze.
Damage has been estimated at $50,000 for the one-bedroom trailer home, and $7,000 for its contents. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is now under investigation, but it appears to be accidental. The American Red Cross is now assisting the displaced couple with temporary housing. “There was no working smoke alarm in the trailer at this morning’s fire,” a press released issued by the City of El Cajon noted. “Heat of the flames caused the man to wake up and escape. He was fortunate. In homes with no working smoke alarms most often occupants will die of smoke inhalation before flames can reach them.” Fire officials advise making sure that your home has a working smoke alarm for each level of your home, and another just outside the sleeping areas for added protection. For additional safety information please visit www.elcajonfire.com.