Home in trailer park destroyed by fire Woman's canary, cat perish in blaze CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

August 12, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Distraught and weeping, Darlene Rodriguez cradled the body of her pet cat as her Finksburg home was ravaged by fire.

Ms. Rodriguez, who has lived in the Todd Village trailer park off Route 140 more than five years, returned from work yesterday afternoon and found firefighters battling the flames engulfing her mobile home.

She screamed for the cat, according to firefighters.

One of the volunteer firefighters was able to get inside and reach the animal, but found it dead.

The 14-year-old cat, a canary and the house trailer were lost. The blaze apparently started about 3:15 p.m. in the rear of the trailer near a window fan, officials said.

Four engines and two medic units were dispatched to the scene from the Reese and Gamber fire companies. About 25 firefighters battled the blaze for 20 minutes before bringing it under control. Units were still on the scene at 5:30 p.m.

The crew of a medic unit from Gamber, the first to arrive at the fire, called the communication dispatcher describing the trailer as "fully involved."

Neighbors said they heard the smoke alarm sounding and attempted to douse the flames with garden hoses.

No one was injured in the blaze, but a member of a medic crew constantly attended Ms. Rodriguez. The medic said the woman's blood pressure was high, but she declined to go to a hospital.

Two deputy state fire marshals were on the scene to determine the cause of the blaze and estimate the damage.

Members of Ms. Rodriguez's family arrived about 4:30 p.m. to attempt to comfort her.

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