Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 7, 2014

Firefighters make ‘good stop’ on blaze

GREEN VALLEY — Volunteer firefighters got a quick stop on a manufactured home fire Sunday afternoon in Green Valley, and contained the fire to the rear of the residence, according to Chief David Thompson of the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The initial call came in at about 1:25 p.m., for a structure fire at the Villa Mobile Home Park behind the S&S Express on Maple Acres Road about one-half mile west of the Airport Road intersection. Green Valley was at the fire in a few minutes.

“The fire started in the rear of the residence and was burning through the walls when we arrived,” Chief Thompson said. “We got a good stop on this one. At this point, I don’t know exactly where the fire originated.”

In addition to Green Valley-Glenwood, firefighters from East River and Bluewell volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze that was reported at about 1:30 p.m.

The resident, Shirley Robinette and her son, were not home at the time of the fire.

A neighbor, Brandon Browning, broke through the front door and rescued the family pet, a pug named Angel.

“I saw smoke coming from under the trailer, yelled for someone to call 911, went over to the trailer and kicked in the front door,” Browning said. “I knew Mrs. Robinette and her son were gone because their cars weren’t there, but I knew her little dog was still inside.”

Browning said that he picked up Robinette’s pug dog, “Angel,” and carried her back out the front door. “Smoke was coming out of the floor vents, but that was just a few seconds before the back of the trailer burst into flames.”

Several Green Valley-Glenwood fires who had gone into the structure to fight the fire needed to rest and rehydrate after battling the blaze, but none appeared to require any medical treatment. A unit with the Princeton Rescue Squad was on the scene to provide assistance if needed.

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