A dozen people were left homeless and two injured Friday morning after fires struck two separate mobile homes less than four miles apart in the Camden area.
The Camden-Wyoming Fire Company were first called to the unit block of Laws Lane near South State Street at around 4 a.m., Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said.
No injuries were reported, but an estimated $100,000 in damage was done to the home, four vehicles and two nearby mobile homes, Chionchio said. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Less than eight hours later, the Camden-Wyoming Fire Company put out a fire on the 1000 block of Barney Jenkins Road, Chionchio reported.
Firefighters found a 44-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman suffering from smoke inhalation and took them to Bayhealth Kent Campus in Dover. The man – who is also being treated for burns – is in “serious condition,” Chionchio said.
That fire started when a cigarette caught a bed on fire, Chionchio reported. The mobile home did not have any smoke alarms.
The Red Cross was called to help the 12 people displaced by the fires.
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