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Toddler alerts mother to fire that destroys local home
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A local mother says her toddler son alerted her to a fire that destroyed the family’s mobile home in Hattons Trailer Park Tuesday morning.
Maryella Ortiz claims that the toddler pointed out to her that a fire had started around a propane heater the family was using for heat in their mobile home, which was at Lot 8, 3142 Old Owingsville Road, she told the Advocate.

Ortiz said that she, her mother and the toddler escaped out the back door before the home was consumed by flames. No one was injured, but the family lost everything in the fire, she said.

The Montgomery County Fire Dept. received the call at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday.

Smoke and flames were visible when firefighters arrived, Capt. Josh Fraley told the Advocate. He said they were able to get the fire under control within a few minutes before it could spread to other homes.
The fire appeared to start in the living room around a heater, Fraley said.
Ortiz said she suspects the fire spread quickly because there were two other propane heaters inside the home.

Fraley described the home as a complete loss.
He estimated that it took about 1,000 to 1,200 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

Ten personnel, two fire engines, two ambulances, a tanker truck and several volunteers responded to the scene, he said.
The family was renting the residence and an owner’s name or whether there was insurance on the property was not immediately known.

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