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Clear Lake family’s trailer burns Saturday


This news story was published on March 18, 2012.
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CLEAR LAKE – At about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, a Clear Lake man was golfing with a friend at Oak Hills Golf Course when he noticed a large fire that had engulfed a mobile home at Green Meadows Mobile Home Park, located at 2400 South Shore Drive, lot 107.

Dave Phariss reported that a grease fire had ignited the blaze.

Click here to view photos. (Dave submitted three photos, the rest are from Kelly Meyer and Jody Spear.)

“We were walking up hole nine at oak hills. We turned around saw smoke pouring out of the house. We ran over there to make sure all was good.”

Phariss said a man and his girlfriend and their one month old baby lived at the home.

“They lost everything and their home was demolished in a matter of 20 minutes,” he said.

“I didn’t get their names. I gave them $20 my buddy gave them $15 I know it isn’t much but every little thing helps,” he continued.

NorthIowaToday.com reporters Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer were at the scene to report, as well.

“It was a pan with grease heating up on the stove,” the wife told NIT. “My husband laid down and fell asleep and I went in back to check on the baby and fell asleep myself. I woke up and smelled the smoke. I yelled at my husband to get out, I grabbed the baby and ran out too.”

“They lost everything,” said a neighbor. “I could smell smoke and came out to see where it was coming from and the trailer was already half burned. I asked if anybody called 911. Somebody answered that they just did. They stood there and watched it burn.”

An ambulance was called for a lady that had passed out. The same neighbor informed, “She was so worried about her cat, that was still in her trailer, that she passed out.” The firefighters allowed, as they watched for her safety, her to enter her trailer to the south of the burning trailer, to get her cat.

As the fire fighters got done working, they had a medical check-up right away. A medical area was set up, so they could get their vitals taken and to make sure they were okay.

Asking the wife if they were able to make arrangement for a place to stay, she said, “My husband’s phone went dead, he just went to plug it in.” She was worried about not having any clothes or anything for the baby.

Phariss said that people who are interested in helping the family should call the Clear Lake police Department. “They might point you in the direction of getting in touch with (the family),” he advised.

There was an effort by others to gather donations for the family.   His name is John and the girlfriends name is Tiffany,  They just moved into there trailer home 4 days ago and had a there baby girl on Monday,  that is all the info available at this time.

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11 Responses to Clear Lake family’s trailer burns Saturday

  1. Vanesa Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Anyone who is interested in helping this family can e-mail firedonationsTKW@hotmail.com or visit this facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/126629220795344/

    • Vanessa Reply Report comment

      March 23, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Also donations can be made through PayPal using the same e-mail address as above. Their was no insurance as they just moved in so every little bit helps them get the necessities they need and will help them to get a new place to live. Please pass this info along!

  2. darksideprincess Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    i have some new born baby clothes and some other baby items that i would like to donate but no way to donate them i dont have a car to get to clear lake and give them to the family

  3. Odd Reply Report comment

    March 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I noticed the globe gazette had this story on yesterday but I find it very odd that arian schuessler had his name under the photo but I didnt see him there. I live at green meadows and so I know I didnt see him. I seen NIT and KIMT but NO GLOBE. How can he have his name under the photo but wasnt their. Great Photos NIT!

  4. KellyNJodyphotos Reply Report comment

    March 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • Eagle Life Reply Report comment

      March 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I really like you’re photo’s and articles from yesterdays. I’m glad that nobody did’nt get hurt.

      Nices photos Kelly & Jody

  5. Katie Reply Report comment

    March 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I wonder if they had insurance. ALWAYS have renter’s insurance.

    • wtf Reply Report comment

      March 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      I doubt they had renters insurance as they had just moved into their home a couple days ago. Such a tragedy, I hope they find a new home.

  6. Carla Reply Report comment

    March 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Great photos and video here! So sad… I really hope this family is ok and someone helps them!