Fire guts trailer home

A trailer home in Hay River has been made unlivable by an electrical fire.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene of the fire on Caribou Crescent at 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Fire Chief Ross Potter said when firefighters arrived, the trailer’s back end containing bedrooms and a bathroom were in flames.

“The inside of the trailer was burning,” he said.

Firefighters were able to contain the major part of the blaze to the back end of the trailer.

“There was heat and smoke damage all the way through the trailer from front to back,” Potter said.

The woman who lived in the trailer was not at home at the time of the fire.

While there were no injuries to humans – either the resident or the 15 firefighters who responded to the scene – a pet cat perished in the fire.

Potter investigated the blaze and determined the cause to be electrical in nature.

After the fire was extinguished, there was little exterior damage to the trailer, other than broken windows and a burned door.

All three bedrooms suffered fire damage, one worse than the others.

“In my opinion, the trailer is destroyed,” Potter said. “Being a 1970s vintage trailer, it’s not worth anything anymore.”

The fire chief added it’s difficult to estimate the value of the trailer prior to the fire because it is so old.

The trailer was insured by the owners.

Potter noted the woman living in the residence lost belongings, such as clothes and some other items in the trailer were lost because of smoke damage.

“We were able to get her computer, telephone charger and that kind of stuff,” Potter said. “Whatever was in the living room was saved.”

Potter noted the resident did not have insurance for her personal belongings.

The trailer was home for over 40 years to Irma Miron, one of Hay River’s pioneers and best known residents who passed away last year.

Members of the Miron family still own it.