2015-05-20 / Front Page

Woman escapes burning mobile home

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer


The woman who lived in this mobile home in the 700 block of Stephenson Street was transported to Spartanburg Medical Center. Her pet, a small dog, perished in the blaze. The woman who lived in this mobile home in the 700 block of Stephenson Street was transported to Spartanburg Medical Center. Her pet, a small dog, perished in the blaze. A Tuesday morning fire sent a woman to the hospital and claimed the life of a dog.

City of Gaffney firefighters were dispatched to the 700 block of Stephenson Street at approximately 4:30 a.m. Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano said heavy fire was showing upon their arrival.

While firefighters initially were told there was a possibility of entrapment, Caggiano said, they were subsequently advised while they were still en route that the occupant had gotten out safely.

It didn’t take long for firefighters to douse the flames, but the damage was so extensive that the home already was a loss.

Caggiano said the woman who lived in the home, whom he could not name, was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center for treatment of some burns. While firefighters briefly spoke to her at the scene, Caggiano said later Tuesday that fire investigators had not yet had a chance to speak with her in their attempt to determine what happened.

The fire broke out in an open kitchen/living room area of the single-wide mobile home, the investigation showed, although the cause has not yet been determined.

It was discovered Tuesday afternoon that the owner’s pet, a small dog, perished in the fire, Caggiano confirmed.

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