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Two Aberdeen mobile homes catch fire; electrical failure could be the cause, fire marshal’s office says

Two mobile home fires Wednesday in Aberdeen caused a total of $60,000 in damage, left one home a complete loss and killed at least two cats, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reported.

A neighbor reported a fire in a mobile home at 101 Riddle Drive around 10:35 a.m. Wednesday. The Aberdeen Fire Department was the primary responding agency, and it took 25 firefighters about 20 minutes to control the blaze.

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The fire is estimated to have caused $50,000 in damage, and the home is considered to be a total loss.

At least two cats died in the fire, but as many as five could have died. The full tally of dead cats could not be confirmed because of hoarding conditions in the home, the office reported.

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“Extreme hoarding conditions were present within the home, which made it extremely difficult and dangerous for firefighters to extinguish the fire and deputy state fire marshals to investigate the cause of the fire,” the office said.

The area where the fire started is under investigation, as is its cause, but deputy state fire marshals could not rule out unspecified electrical failure, including a power surge in the area.

Another fire close to Riddle Drive was reported hours later. Around 1:50 p.m., a fire was reported at 2 Valley Bottom Road at another mobile home, the office stated. The Level Volunteer Fire Company was the primary responding agency, and it took 25 firefighters about five minutes to control the blaze.

A passerby discovered the fire, which investigators believe started in the kitchen. The office estimated the fire caused about $10,000 in damage to the home.

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The home’s occupants are being assisted by friends and family, the office reported.

As with the mobile home on Riddle Drive, the fire’s cause is under investigation, but unspecified electrical failure cannot be ruled out, including a power surge in the area.

Neither fire resulted in human injuries or deaths, the fire marshal’s office reported.

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