One fatality, two injured in blaze at Gregg County mobile home
By Staff Reports
Feb. 25, 2016 at 12:16 a.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2016 at 3:48 a.m.
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Fire officials confirmed one fatality and at least two injuries, one with serious burns, after a fire engulfed a group of mobile homes near Interstate 20 and FM 2087 in rural Longview.
"We do have one confirmed fatality at this time, right now we are just continuing to work to extinguish the flames," Kilgore Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Simmons said early Thursday morning. The identity of the victim has not been confirmed at this point in the investigation.
About four or five mobile homes were put together to create one home, said Becky Dillard, a neighbor.
"This is a tragedy," Dillard said. "We just moved here in December. It's horrible. (The trailer) caught on fire a couple of weeks ago, where the stove top burnt up, and then the TVs burnt up. (The fire department) said they found a naked wire. These trailers are really old."
Firefighters from Elderville-Lakeport Volunteer Fire Department and Longview and Kilgore fire departments were on the scene fighting the blaze, which was reported about 11 p.m. Wednesday.
"Kilgore ladder trucks were the first ones on the scene," Kilgore Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Simmons said early Thursday morning.
Dillard said she heard her dogs barking at about that time, and the trailer was "well engulfed" by then.
Amber Goff and Ricky Faith were taken to the hospital, Goff with burns while Faith was in what appeared to be shock, Dillard said. The third person who lived in the home was Raymond Goff, she said.
"One victim transported to Parkland Burn Center with severe burns," Simmons said. "The second victim was transported to Longview Good Shepherd with burns to the hands."