MT. VERNON – A Monday night fire that destroyed a rural Vernon mobile home had it’s fight hampered due to the winter storm moving through the area.
A family of five was left homeless from the fire that was started when they were trying to thaw frozen pipes under the home and didn’t immediately notice that insulation had caught fire.
Snow drifts on roads made travel difficult for firefighters headed to the scene and after the Patoka Township Road Commissioner plowed one road to clear the way, firefighters arrived approximately 25 minutes after having received the call around 5 p.m. about the fire.
Frozen valves and hoses, due to extremely cold temperatures, further hampered firefighters in their efforts to fight the blaze.
Sandoval firefighters provided mutual aid at the scene and firefighters from both houses remained on scene for about three hours.