Fire destroys mobile home at 36th and Maine; no one injured

Quincy firefighters pour water onto the east side of a trailer in the East Gate Trailer Park at 36th and Maine on Wednesday morning. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)
Posted: Feb. 12, 2014 12:27 pm Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 1:14 pm
Quincy Fire Department members work the site of a fire in the East Gate Trailer Park in Quincy. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A fire destroyed a mobile home Wednesday morning at 3632 Tonja Drive in the East Gate Trailer Park at 36th and Maine. No one was injured.

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said a general alarm was dispatched at 10:53 a.m. to the report of a trailer fire, which was confirmed by Quincy police officers who first arrived at the scene.

Henning said it appeared that a heating device placed under the trailer to thaw frozen pipes may have ignited the blaze.

“We’ll confirm that upon investigation, but that’s the story we got from the individuals that were here and it certainly looks like that is the case,” he said.

Firefighters also checked the a neighboring mobile home to see if the fire has spread.

The Quincy Police Department blocked northbound and southbound traffic on 36th Street as crews battled the blaze.

Henning said crews dealt with ice at the scene and also limited access, which made it difficult for Ameren Illinois to enter the park to cut power to lines to the trailer.

“They can’t get their truck in here to get the power off to the pole, so we are trying to work with them to figure out how to get that done,” he said.

One person was in the mobile home when the fire started, and they made it out before firefighters arrived.

Smoke covers a trail park at 36th and Maine in Quincy during a fire Wednesday morning. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)