A Washington teen has tragically passed away after becoming trapped in a mobile home that caught fire early Sunday, as confirmed by fire officials.
Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a fifth wheel camper on fire at the Three Rivers Mobile Home Park in Snohomish around 4:33 a.m. following neighbors’ calls.
A family of four was inside the RV when the fire started.
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that three people had managed to escape the burning mobile home, but a teenager remained trapped inside, according to fire officials.
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A fifth wheel camper caught fire in the Three Rivers Mobile Home Park located at the 13200 block of Elliott Road in Snohomish early Sunday morning. (Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue)
Rescue efforts began to extinguish the fire and locate the trapped teen. After the fire was controlled, firefighters discovered the lifeless body of the teenager in a sleeping area near the front of the mobile home, as reported by the department.
According to fire officials, the teen was found deceased inside a sleeping area toward the front of the trailer. (Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue)
Neighbors, speaking to KING-TV, expressed their sympathies for the teen’s family.
“The dad especially, you could really see it, just… he was dead inside,” shared Dalen Thompson. “He was dead inside.”
Three other individuals managed to escape the flames unharmed. (Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue)
The fire caused damage to a neighboring trailer, but no further injuries were reported, according to fire officials.
The Snohomish County Fire Marshals Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire.
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Fire officials reminded the public to keep combustible items, such as curtains, clothing, or furniture, at least three feet away from heat sources, especially as people use different heating methods with the dropping temperatures.
They also stressed the importance of installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside bedrooms, and on every level of the home, including RVs and trailers, and regularly testing these devices.
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Fire officials advised residents to practice escape plans on a regular basis.