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Man, 70, escapes trailer fire

By Michael Harrington • Feb 20, 2019 at 10:37 AM

BELLEVUE — A man escaped from a trailer engulfed by flames.

Bellevue police received a 911 call at about midnight Thursday, where a man made a sound before the call disconnected, according to Bellevue dispatchers. The call was traced to the 1400 block of East Main Street.

When officers arrived they found a trailer on fire and the homeowner, a 70-year-old man, leaned against his vehicle. They contacted Bellevue fire.

“Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the trailer,” Bellevue fire Lt. Tom Maike said.

Firefighters learned a small dog was still inside and found it during the initial search. They battled the flames for several hours and a salt crew had to be called out to salt the area because of the water from the hoses.

“The resident said he was on oxygen and was smoking when he fell asleep on the couch while watching TV,” Maike said. “He woke up to the fire and tried to put it out with water, but it was too large.”

Maike said the home was a total loss.

The fire also melted the siding on a neighboring trailer and damaged the resident’s vehicle.

Firefighters cleared the scene at about 4:30 a.m.


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