Blaze claims Babbie home

Published 12:38 am Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Opp and Babbie Fire officials are investigating the cause of a structure fire that burned down a mobile home on Potter Road on Sunday night.

OFD Chief Cory Spurlin said the fire occurred at 25028 Potter Road, and it took almost two hours to quell the blaze.

“We’re actually investigating it right now,” Spurlin said. “The first engine arrived and firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming from in front of the structure.”

Spurlin said firefighters made an interior attack on the fire.

The OFD sent two engines, and Babbie sent two engines and a tanker to fight the weekend-ending fire.

Spurlin said they got the fire under control, and the cause is listed as undetermined.

Additionally, no one was inside the mobile home during the fire.

As firefighters were making their interior attack, an explosion from a fire extinguisher inside of the home’s kitchen exploded, Spurlin said.

“It’s got compressed gas in it as well as powder to extinguish the fire,” he said. “Once it reached temperature, the pressure opened the seams on the metal canister. It finally exploded.”

Spurlin said the explosion blew the side wall of the house away.

Spurlin said the house was deemed a total loss because of the fire.