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POLSON — A fire first reported as a “controlled burn that got out of control” destroyed two mobile homes in a remote area of Rocky Point Road the evening of May 18, taking firefighters about four hours to extinguish and mop up, according to Karen Sargeant, public information officer for Polson Rural Fire District.

The blaze was reported at 6:05 p.m., first as an out-of-control controlled burn, Sargeant said, but that information quickly was corrected to a structure fire threatening two side-by-side dwellings.

“By the time we got there they were both fully engulfed,” Sargeant said. “They were older trailers so they tend to go up a little faster … they were about a foot apart.”

Nineteen Polson firefighters were joined by five each from Finley Point and Ronan fire departments, and the three agencies had 14 engines and tenders on scene.

While the resident of the first trailer reported seeing the flames first in the living room area, Sargeant said, he had no idea as to what could’ve started the blaze. Because the damage was so complete to both trailers, “the cause probably won’t be known,” Sargeant noted. “We’re not labeling it suspicious.”

The resident who spotted the flames told the Valley Journal he got his dogs out and ran next door to warn the residents of the second trailer, who also escaped safely.

“We’re glad nobody got hurt and everybody got out of the house,” Sargeant said. “It was a great cooperative effort between our mutual aid partners Finley Point and Ronan.”

Polson Ambulance and Lake County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

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