The fire that destroyed a mobile home Tuesday morning in the White River Estates on A Street Southeast also claimed a life.
According to officials of the Valley Regional Fire Authority, soon after knocking down the flames, firefighters found the remains of the currently unidentified victim, a man in his 50s, according to Auburn Police, in the still smoking ruins of the double-wide mobile home. The man’s wife was not home at the time of the fire.
According to the VRFA, a neighbor called 911 shortly after 6:30 a.m. May 26 to report the conflagration, and firefighters quickly doused the fire. Fire investigators have since declared the mobile home a total loss, and as of Tuesday afternoon were still working to determine the fire’s cause. Auburn Police said there was nothing suspicious after the fire’s origin.
“We remind everyone to check their smoke alarms and practice escape plans as fires are not taking a break during the pandemic,” the VRFA wrote on its Facebook page.