Man barely escapes burning mobile home in Scottsdale



Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 1:00 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale man is lucky to be alive after a fire tore through his Scottsdale mobile home early Tuesday morning.

It happened at about 3:30 a.m. in the area of Hayden and McKellips roads, not far from McKellips Lake.

John Brotsman said he woke up when he heard a crackling noise. He said the flames were moving so fast he barely escaped. He didn't even have time to throw on a pair of pants.

"He came running out in his underwear," neighbor Dan Kelm said.

All Brotsman could do was watch as 20 years of his life burned to ash in just a matter of minutes.

"I thought about going back in," Brotsman told 3TV's Javier Soto. "I looked back and I saw the flames in the back -- real high."

Firefighters from Scottsdale and Tempe quickly got the fire under control and kept the flames from spreading to nearby homes.

"Fire crews did a great job limiting any damage to any neighboring homes as we were able to keep the damage to the trailer of origin," Battalion Chief Chris Schibi of the Scottsdale Fire Department  said in an email to media outlets.

Although his home was destroyed, Brotsman, who is in his 60s, was not injured.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.

It's not clear if Brotsman had working smoke detectors in his home.