Written by John Plestina
These ruins are all that remain of a mobile home on the corner of First Avenue South and Fairweather Street. It was the second suspicious fire during a recent two-day period that destroyed empty residences. (Photo by John Plestina)
Suspicion looms over a fire that gutted an unoccupied mobile home Tuesday, April 29, just over 46 hours after a suspicious fire destroyed a vacant house two blocks away.
The most recent fire left nothing more than a burned-out shell of what had been a singlewide trailer home on the corner of Fairweather and First Avenue South.
“Undetermined (cause) would be official. Suspicious, yes,” Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Shawn Eggar said. “Nothing we can point a finger at.”
Eggar said no one lived in the mobile home, but there was electricity and natural gas coming to the home.
The Wolf Point Police Department was not investigating a possible arson as of Monday, May 5.
Reported at 10:35 p.m., the singlewide trailer house was fully involved when firefighters arrived minutes after a neighbor called 911.
According to a neighbor, a single mother with small children lived in the mobile home until a few months ago.
The WPVFD responded with eight firefighters, two trucks and a command vehicle.
“It was fully involved when we got there,” Eggar said.
The other fire that left only a chimney standing from a vacant house on Third Avenue South near Fairweather Street was reported at 12:10 a.m., Monday, April 28. That fire also destroyed a motorhome that belonged to a neighbor.
After that fire, Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada said neighbors called 911 and reported seeing smoke coming from the house. Neighbors also reported to officers at the scene that they had seen young people running from the house.