Three families displaced after mobile home fire

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A former volunteer firefighter said he usually takes a midnight stroll through his neighborhood but what he saw this time was anything but normal.

“I noticed black smoke and glowing going on,” said Jordan Koskoski.

“By the time I got here the rear end of the trailer was fully engulfed,” said Koskoski.

“We seen flames all the way back from the edge of the apartments,” said his wife Kaila Koskoski.
“So we came down here and there were ashes all the way down on that side.”

A mobile home on Roberts Drive in the Goble Roberts community caught fire and officials said that it quickly spread to two other trailers.

“There was a natural gas pipeline that the fire actually melted the line on,” said Bobby Carpenter, Prestonsburg Fire Chief.
“The fire was not caused by the natural gas, but rather the natural gas emergency was caused by the fire.”

“Two explosions happened one was in the front of the trailer where power outlets blew and the second one is when the gas line blew,” said Koskoski.

Neighbors said that the entire street was blocked off and ambulances and fire trucks were lined up down the street. Koskoski says there was little he could do to help.

“There was almost a dozen people that was in these houses and all they were was just heart broken that something tragic like this happened,” said Koskoski.

The cause of the fire has not been determined but officials said that arson has not been ruled out. The Red Cross is helping at least one of the families and neighbors said the family living in the middle trailer had recently moved from Ohio.

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