Family left homeless following trailer fire

Posted: December 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

Above and below right, firefighters battle a trailer fire on Siler Road in Frederick County on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

GAINESBORO — A trailer fire at 1960 Siler Road on Thursday afternoon left three members of a Frederick County family homeless.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the county Fire Marshal’s Office, according to Gainesboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief Don Jackson.

The fire was reported at 3:42 p.m., Jackson said. Fire companies from Gainesboro, Round Hill and Reynolds Store had the blaze under control within five minutes of arriving on the scene, Jackson added.

A neighbor, Brandyn Kaes, said he saw the family’s teenage daughter outside with her two dogs when he came home from work. As he pulled into his driveway, Kaes said, he saw smoke coming from the window of the trailer. He thought at the time that the girl might have burned something in the kitchen and was airing out the home, but after he parked his dump truck in his driveway he heard a loud pop and saw flames.

“It was rolling,” he said.

Kaes ran across the street and asked if there was anyone in the trailer and was told there was not.

Seeing two propane tanks at the rear of the dwelling, Kaes recommended that the girl go across the street to his house.

Since the teen was wearing only a shirt and shorts, Kaes got her long pants and a jacket from his house.

Jackson said when he arrived at the scene, he circled the trailer, saw the tanks, and turned off the gas to the residence.

He said the fire damage was confined to the west end of the trailer, but the east end sustained smoke and water damage. The windows there were also smashed out by firefighters for ventilation purposes.

Jackson could not say whether the trailer was a total loss, but John Light, who owns the lot, said it appeared it would have to be demolished.

Jackson said he had contacted the Red Cross to find the family shelter for the night.

No injuries were reported, but Light said he understood that the family’s cat might be missing. Their two dogs were OK.

The girl’s parents were not home at the time of the fire.

— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com