Firefighters had to help one of their own Thursday night when a fire erupted in a Mesa del Caballo mobile home.
About 6:20 p.m., dispatch received a call that a fire had started in the living room of longtime volunteer Lt. Mike Weller’s home, in the 8000 block of West Barranca Road in Mesa del. Three blocks away, at the Houston Mesa Fire Station, firefighters, including Weller, were in a training session. When the call came through, Weller and the rest of his unit responded, along with units from Payson, Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines Fire Departments.
By the time crews arrived, a neighbor had removed Weller’s wife from the home safely.
“Firefighters concentrated on preventing the intense fire from spreading to adjacent homes,” said Chuck Jacobs, Houston Mesa fire chief. “The Wellers’ older model doublewide mobile home was destroyed, and one adjacent home suffered heat damage, but crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to any other properties.”
The Wellers lost everything, and the Red Cross was called in to assist.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is believed that Mrs. Weller, a terminally ill hospice patient, was smoking while using a home oxygen unit. There were no injuries.