Inspectors with the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office have investigated two manufactured home fires in Kent County that were caused by attempts to thaw frozen water pipes or to keep pipes from freezing.
The first blaze was reported at 9:15 p.m. Jan. 6, in the 100 block of Stardust Drive, near Pearsons Corner and Dinahs Corner roads, west of Dover, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock.
The Cheswold Fire Company arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the home, Bullock said. The investigation showed the fire was caused by a kerosene heater placed under the home that ignited combustible materials; damage was estimated at $7,500.
The second fire was reported at 10:50 a.m. Jan. 7, in the first block of Boyd Drive, London Village, near Woodside.
The Magnolia Fire Company arrived with heavy fire inside and underneath the mobile home, Bullock said. The investigation determined the fire was caused by the occupant using a hand held heating device to thaw frozen water pipes which caused combustibles under the home to catch fire.
Damages were estimated at $25,000.
No injuries were reported in either fire, and the Red Cross is assisting the home’s occupants in both incidents, Bullock said.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal urges home owners and occupants to exercise extreme caution when using any heating device to thaw frozen water pipes.