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Trailer fire leaves family homeless



A trailer fire broke out at approximately 2:00 a.m. Monday morning, June 27 at the Elm Street trailer lot across from the C-EB High School and Agriculture shop. 


Caitlin Turning Heart rented the trailer with her boyfriend and children. No one was injured, but Turning Heart and her family lost most of their belongings to the fire.  


“She lost everything, including her children’s hearing aids,” said Robin LeBeau, Turning Heart’s aunt, who was on the scene as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.  


Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Neigel said investigators think the fire may have started in the small camper parked next to the trailer. 


The flames from the fire engulfed the camper. The camper fire exploded the windows and burnt window dressings in the trailer to the east, and completely charred the trailer to the west. 


Firefighters contained the fire that drew out many from surrounding homes before any other damage could ensue. 


A homeless man who said he was present when the fire started, reported that he saw two people run from between the trailers, LeBeau said. 


A by-stander said that there were people setting off fireworks in the area, and speculated that perhaps the fire may have been started by a stray firework. 


However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, said Neigel.