Escaped trash fire burns 162 FEMA trailers

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An estimated 162 vacant mobile homes and trailers caught fire and burned to the ground Thursday in Pearl River County. / photos by ryan moore | Hattiesburg American

A trash fire escaped into some nearby grass at a residence in Pearl River County, Mississippi on Thursday and burned 162 unoccupied trailers, according to Emergency Management Director Danny Manley. The trailers had been purchased from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and had previously housed Hurricane Katrina victims. Investors purchased about 250 trailers and parked them side by side on about 25 acres.

Exploding propane tanks forced firefighters to back off and take indirect action. The Mississippi Forestry Commission used dozers or tractor plows to construct a fireline around the property.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Escaped trash fire burns 162 FEMA trailers”

  1. those propane tanks should have been maditorally emptied before these trailors were even sold…


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