Black billows of smoke erupt from Pine Creek residence
Vehicles close to mobile home create risk
Fire completely destroyed a Pine Creek residence about noon yesterday. Huge billows
of smoke erupted from the mobile home and add-on rooms, as the Grantsville
Volunteer Fire Department arrived. The structure was occupied by Jerry and Mildred
Vandale. They were not at home at the time.
Ammunition and other minor explosions could be heard as firemen approached the
structure. Grantsville Fire Chief, Dave Johnson said there was a nearby gas line and a
propane tank, neither of which caught fire or exploded.
About a half-dozen cars and trucks were nearby, creating a further risk. Firemen
quickly knocked down the blaze, but it continued to flare and re-kindle during the
Vandales not at home when fire started
Firemen quickly bring blaze under control
Neighbors said the fire might have started from a wood burning stove. Another mobile
home about 125 feet away was not damaged.
The structure was located in a narrow hollow off Pine Creek Road near the Donzel and
Emma Wease residence.
The GVFD responded with four trucks, along with Calhoun EMS. Fireman Hays
Haymaker was treated at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center for problems related to
Smoke fills Pine Creek valley
Grantsville VFD on scene most of afternoon