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Mitchell resilient after a year of house fires

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Authorities say one person has died and three others were hurt after an early-morning fire destroyed a mobile home in Mitchell.

Authorities tell us a family lived in that mobile home and the person who died was a 59-year-old woman.

Three others have been treated and released from a hospital.

It happened in the 900 block of West 2nd Avenue around 4 o'clock this morning.

People in Mitchell are left wondering why so many fires have broken out in the past year.

When a fire strikes a mobile home, they can burn like matchsticks.

David Wise has been in the mobile home park business for nearly 50 years. he owns the mobile home court where Saturday's fire took place.

Wise said "Trailers, excuse me, but trailers do burn very, very fast."

"They don't have any good firewalls. they're built out of paneling, glue, all mostly lumber and like I say, they do burn very, very fast," Wise added.

The fire burned so fast, there wasn't much fire crews could do to save the home.

Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg said "it was fully engulfed by the time they got there, right, yes, it was totally engulfed. I believe some of it may have been collapsing at that time."

Chief Overweg said mobile home fires present their own challenges to fight.

"Very seldom would you go on the inside. it all depends on the circumstances, but like I said, they get very hot, very quick and due to the question, they burn very fast," Overweg said.

This mobile home fire is the latest in a string of fires Mitchell has seen this year. Another mobile home caught fire last week and a three-year-old boy died after a house fire in April.

"There have been a number of things and like I said, Mitchell is a resilient community. they bounce back and they support each other and the community comes together," Overweg said.

Overweg said anytime there's a fire it's tragic but the community will get through it.

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety says the fire was contained to mobile home number 43 and a nearby storage shed.

Several small explosions took place during the fire.

Fuel tanks and tires stored in the shed caused those explosions.

An autopsy for the 59-year-old victim is planned for Monday.

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