Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fire destroys mobile home in Grimes, family escapes uninjured

A mobile home fire in Grimes killed two pets Thursday night, but the residents were able to escape without injury. It marked the second time the family’s house was destroyed.
The Grimes Fire Department was called to 657 S.E. Ewing St. around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Flames and smoke were coming from the west half of the mobile home when they arrived, Captain Ron Schipper said.
Elizabeth Saltzman and her daughter moved into the trailer after their home was destroyed by a tornado in Woodward five years ago. They escaped the fire, but a dog and cat did not survive.
Saltzman is a teacher associate at Grandwood Education Center in Woodward and her daughter attends Woodward-Granger High School. School officials set up a fund to help the family. Donations may be made in care of the Elizabeth Saltzman family at Earlham Savings Bank, 217 S. Main St., Woodward, IA 50276.
Schipper reported there was no immediate cause for the fire, but officials would investigate further today. He expects the mobile home to be declared a total loss.
The Johnston, Polk City, Urbandale, Waukee and Ankeny fire departments provided mutual aid.