Fire Destroys Trailer Home

By: Morgan Kyrklund Email
By: Morgan Kyrklund Email

PANAMA CITY - A local couple is homeless after a fire destroyed their mobile home.

It happened about 6:00 pm Friday in the Drummond Park Area, just north of Michigan Avenue and 23rd Street.

Diane Hobbs was watching TV when she smelled smoke coming from the bedroom.

She ran next door and called 911.

"I saw black smoke and a lot of heat and it was hot in there. Then I saw flames in the living room and everywhere," Diane Hobbs said.

In a matter of moment, the home she shared with James Jerkins, was gone.

"I don't know where we are going to go now," she said.

"I've been stressed out for a long time, but this right here takes the cake," James Jerkins said.

Hobbs thinks an electrical short may have started the fire.

She says they were having electrical problems earlier this week.

The State Fires Marshall's is investigating.

"We feel confident that it was an accident fire but they are coming out to determine the cause," Bay County Battalion Fire Chief said.

Hobbs and Jerkins say they're just glad no one was hurt and no one else lost any property.

One other trailer had minor damage.

The Battalion Fire Chief said, "Whenever we go to work, someone is having a bad day. So, I think the crews did a great job tonight. I'm sorry for the damage that it caused, but I think it could've been worse."

The Red Cross is helping the couple with basic necessities.


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