Trish Bennett, Editor
CIRCLEVILLE – A mobile home is a total loss after a fire Tuesday in Elsea’s Mobile Home Village.
The home at 117 Stihl Ave. had flames vented through the roof when firefighters arrived on the scene, according to Captain Kirk Edgington, Circleville Fire Department.
“It’s still standing, but there’s nothing left,” Edgington said. “It’s pretty much gutted.”
He said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
No one was home at the time of the fire about 12:57 p.m., Edgington said, but initially neighbors were a bit panicked that someone may be inside.
“They said the man who lived there usually sleeps during the day, but it ended up he was gone somewhere at the time,” he said.
The resident, identified as John Pesimer, is being aided by volunteers from the American Red Cross.
Edgington said fires inside the Elsea’s Mobile Home Village are a little more difficult to fight than most because there are no fire hydrants inside the park.
“There’s no water back there, so we have to rely on what’s in our tanks and top them off right outside of Elsea’s,” Edgington said. “That always presents a little problem, but one we can overcome.”
Pickaway Township and Harrison Township fire departments and Box65 also assisted at the scene.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal