South Fork home destroyed by fire

Sean C. Morgan

Of The New Era

A fire destroyed a South Fork singlewide manufactured home on Dec. 21.

Two persons were in the home when it caught fire, but they escaped injury, Fire Chief Mike Beaver said.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined, Beaver said. The fire started in a bedroom in the back of the home.

Investigators found the origin of the fire on the floor near a bed, “but no definite cause was determined,” he said. The area had several possible ignition factors. Among them were an ash tray and an electrical outlet.

Investigators could find no proof of an electrical problem, Beaver said, and the occupants said they hadn’t been smoking for awhile.

Lloyd Thompson and Kathleen Spillman Seaunier are the listed residents at the address, Beaver said. Seaunier was home with another woman, one sleeping on the couch and the other doing dishes when the fire broke out. Thompson apparently was not home.

Firefighters were able to halt the fire from destroying the neighboring doublewide to the east.

The front porch area caught fire, and fire had spread into the attic space. Firefighters were able to stop it from spreading further.

The second home was just seconds from taking off, Beaver said.

The fire was reported at approximately 9:16 p.m. Twenty-two firefighters responded to the call. Sweet Home Police Department assisted by closing the westbound lanes of Highway 20 to allow firefighters access to a fire hydrant.