Suspicious Trailer Fire Under Investigation

September 11, 2006
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspicious fire at a vacant mobile home Sunday night in a trailer park at 245 Toad Road.

Bruce Tramel is reportedly the owner of the trailer.

DeKalb County Fire Chief Donny Green says neighbors reported seeing a man go into the trailer and come out shortly before the fire started.

Fire fighters were summoned to the scene at 10:58 p.m. and upon arrival found fire and heavy smoke coming from the trailer. Green says they were able to contain the blaze to a hallway inside the back door of the trailer. The mobile home was saved from total destruction.

Green says two neighbors, Jason Campbell and Barry Ohl, used buckets of water to try to get the fire under control while firefighters were enroute. Campbell was overcome by smoke and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. No one else was injured.

Green says because of the suspicious nature of the fire and evidence found at the scene, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has started an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Members of the Cookeville Highway, Short Mountain Highway, and Liberty Fire Stations responded to the scene along with officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS.

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