A Pine doublewide mobile home went up in dramatic flames Thursday morning as fire crews dealt with nearly a dozen exploding propane tanks that sent flames 25 feet in the air.
Sometime around 3:20 a.m., a homeowner said he was sleeping when he woke and saw a red and orange glow coming from the back of the trailer, located off Valley View Road in Pine.
When the man saw smoke and flames near the water heater, he “bailed out” of the home and called for help, said Pine-Strawberry Fire Department Capt. Robert McCormick.
When firefighters arrived on scene, the home was already fully engulfed, so there was no chance to save it, McCormick said.
Firefighters surrounded the area and drowned the flames with foam and water, protecting a nearby workshop.
Under the home’s porch, nearly a dozen propane tanks hissed wildly as pressurized gas vented. McCormick said the sound from the propane tanks was an intense roaring sound that was magnified by the fact that, as the gas vented, it caught fire, shooting flames 20 to 30 feet into the air. Firefighters doused the tanks with foam.
By 7:30 a.m., the fire was extinguished.
What caused the fire remains undetermined, although the homeowner said he believes it was electrical.
Along with eight P-S firefighters, four Mesa del Caballo firefighters battled the blaze.