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Trailer suffers fire, smoke damage in Sunday blaze

May 14, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

No one was injured in the incident; two fire trucks and eight firefighters reported to the scene.

Officials said a single-wide trailer home was damaged Sunday in Riverton when a fire began near a hot water heater.

No one was injured in the blaze, which reportedly was "shooting out of the top of the house" at about 5 p.m. Sunday on Cheyenne Avenue. Riverton fire chief Mike Hutchison said the flames had died down when two fire trucks and eight firefighters arrived on scene.

"When we got there it was just heavy smoke," Hutchison said Tuesday. "The fire had (died) down and was kind of in a smoldering state."

Two firefighters made entry and attacked the blaze from inside of the home, Hutchison said.

"Most of the house just got some pretty heavy smoke damage," he said. "One area of the house had heavy fire damage, but it was pretty much confined to that area. The rest is smoke damage."

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, which is undetermined for now. Hutchison said the woman living in the trailer had smelled smoke and noticed the flames coming from near her hot water heater.

"It could be a problem with the hot water heater or possibly some heat tape," Hutchison said.

He added that the woman was the only person home at the time of the blaze.

"As soon as she realized what was going on, she got out immediately," Hutchison said.

Initial reports referred to nearby residents attempting to evacuate other people from the area.

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