Pottawatomie County fires destroy motor home, trailer and shed

Pottawatomie County fires destroy motor home, trailer and shed

06 January 2011

published by newsok.com

USA — A grass fire this morning in western Pottawatomie County burned a motor home and a trailer, but occupants were able to get out safely. A couple hours after the first fire was put out, a second grass fire started near Waco and Bethel roads. A shed was destroyed in the second fire, which started about 1:51 p.m., undersheriff Dave Balleweg said.
No one was injured in either fire. It’s not known what caused the fires.

About 10:30 a.m., Pottawatomie County authorities were called about a grass fire that threatened homes in an area near Pink called Rainbow Valley. The initial call indicated people were trapped inside, Balleweg said.

Firefighters from Pink and Tecumseh responded. By the time they arrived, everyone had gotten out safely, but the two homes were destroyed, Balleweg said.

Pottawatomie County 911 Director Melvin Potter described the homes as a recreational vehicle and a travel trailer. He said a small propane tank did explode.

Potter said crews were having trouble accessing water to fight the blaze because the fire was burning in a remote, wooded location.

Firefighters were on the scene of the first fire about 45 minutes, the undersheriff said.

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