Trailer home fire involves treasure, trash and county fines

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Flames engulf Mesa mobile home - A mobile home caught fire near Broadway Road and 98th Street in Mesa Tuesday morning.

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MESA -- A mobile home caught fire near Broadway Road and 98th Street in Mesa Tuesday morning.

Aerial video showed the mobile home engulfed in flames with massive amounts of black smoke pouring off of it.

Capt. Mark Cichocki of Rural Metro Fire Department said the call came in at about 6:30 a.m.

Crews arriving on the scene had initial reports of up to three people, including an infant, trapped inside the home.

"When we arrived on the scene, the trailer was fully involved and it was impossible to make any entry," said Rural Dep. Chief Bill Grubb.

Crews were able to talk to the homeowner and find out that the "babies" firefighters received word about were actually her dogs. Six dogs died in the fire and the others were able to get out safely.

The homeowner, a woman in her 30s, was rushed to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. A 50-year-old neighbor was also taken to the hospital to be treated for chest pains.

Mobile homes generally burn very quickly, Cichocki said, making it very dangerous for firefighters.

Video showed a lot of stuff surrounding the home. Cichocki said he was "pretty familiar" with a home adjacent to the one that was on fire.

"The guy did collect a lot of stuff in his yard, which also made access very difficult," he said.

"This is an interesting property," Grubb said. "It's full of all kinds of artifacts and materials that date back decades that this man has collected and had in his yard."

That homeowner is the father of the woman who owned the mobile home that burned.

"There's a lot of clutter on the property that was on fire, and that does contribute to safety issues for our firefighters," Grubb said. "It just fueled the fire."

Firefighters were able to contain those massive flames.

While no serious injuries were reported, the home is a total loss.

"It was pretty much on the ground when we arrived -- fully involved," Grubb said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The surviving dogs on the property were taken by family, friends and neighbors in the area.

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