Firefighters respond to mobile home fire in Goshen

The Goshen Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on Saturday morning at 479 Brookside Manor in Goshen.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 2:12 a.m.

GOSHEN — A fire destroyed a home and two vehicles Saturday morning, April 12, and firefighters are trying to determine the cause. 

The Goshen Fire Department responded at about 9 a.m. to 479 Brookside Manor, Goshen, for reports of a fire, according to a dispatcher at the Elkhart County Communications Center. 

Battalion Chief Scott McDowell said a neighbor called the fire department. Four people who were in the mobile home at the time were able to escape safely. 

The fire was out within 30 minutes, and the scene was cleared by 12:50 p.m. McDowell said the high winds became an obstacle in getting the fire under control. 

McDowell said the fire is still under investigation, but fire investigators think that the fire started in the garage. 

The Salvation Army was on scene to provide aid to the family, and the Goshen Fire Department chaplain is assisting the family with food, clothes and shelter.

According to a press release from the Elkhart County Red Cross, volunteers from their disaster action team provided aid to the family as well. The family of five, including two adults and three children, received shelter for two nights and assistance with food, clothing, blankets and personal comfort items. 

Elkhart Truth reporter Sharon Hernandez contributed to this report.


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