Fire destroys trailer, lone occupant and cat make it out


Fire destroyed a trailer in the 6000 block of Amberton Drive in Napoleon last Wednesday. The lone occupant residing in the trailer and a cat both made it out alive.


By John Hummer

A fire destroyed a trailer home on Amberton Drive in Napoleon’s Stetler subdivision last Wednesday, Nov. 9. The fire was called in by a neighbor that saw smoke coming from the residence.

No one was injured in the fire, but one occupant has been displaced from the home because of the extensive damage from the fire,” stated Napoleon Township Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Holbrook. The person was the lone human occupant of the dwelling. A cat made it safely out of the trailer as well.

The Napoleon Township Fire Department was dispatched at 12:40 p.m. to the 6000 block of Amberton Drive. “Upon arrival, there were heavy flames coming through the roof and the rear of the structure and out the side,” said Holbrook. He noted there was a detached garage approximately eight feet from the trailer that was protected and saved by firefighters.

I called for a second alarm, which gives us Blackman Township and Manchester Township fire departments through the MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System),” Holbrook stated. “Knowing that Columbia was delayed in their response (due to a separate fire), I went ahead and called for a third alarm for a structure fire. That gives us a tanker out of Cambridge [Township], the air trailer to be able to fill our self-contained breathing apparatus out of Henrietta [Township], Liberty Township with a tanker, and Summit Township fire personnel to help fight the fire.

It took about 30 minutes for the fire to get under control,” Holbrook said.

Fire personnel remained on the scene for three hours.

Holbrook noted that the American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance for the displaced resident, adding that the home was insured. Consumers Energy was also called to the scene to shut off all electrical and gas utilities, and Jack Wood Excavating helped with the removal of debris to clear room for firefighters to be able to hit the hot spots

The NTFD was assisted by Blackman Township Public Safety, Cambridge, Columbia, Grass Lake, Henrietta, Liberty, Manchester, and Summit townships’ fire departments, the City of Jackson Fire Department, and Jackson Community Ambulance.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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