Investigators still don't know cause of Dougherty Co. trailer fire

Authorities were called to a structure fire around 5:45 Sunday. (Source: WALB)
Authorities were called to a structure fire around 5:45 Sunday. (Source: WALB)
James Ambrose. (Source: WALB)
James Ambrose. (Source: WALB)
James Law. (Source: WALB).
James Law. (Source: WALB).

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - An arson investigator and Dougherty County Police are looking into why a trailer went up in flames at Creekside RV Park on Hancock Road.

"Only thing I heard was a boom and my first reaction was to come out and see what happened," said James Law who lives in the area.

Just steps away from his home, James Law says he saw something he'd never forget.

"That's something I don't even want to relive again, I don't wanna see that again."

Dougherty County Police and Albany Fire responded to a trailer on fire around 5:45 Sunday afternoon.

"On arrival, we found a travel trailer fully involved. As we arrived we laid an inch to a three-quarter line for attack and we advised at that time that there was a person who had gotten hurt," said Battalion Chief James Ambrose.

Ambrose said EMS treated a man and took him to the hospital.

"It was possibly about 35 percent body and arms and a little bit to his head that was burnt," said Ambrose.

It took crews less than three minutes to extinguish the fire that the chief says took over the entire trailer.

Investigators do say there were propane tanks at the scene.

Law says he and his wife called 911 when he saw the flames.

Though he doesn't use propane in his home, he understands the risk he takes living close to the travel trailers.

"I've been living here for almost 20 something years, I have no problem with it. The campers have to use propane, so people have to understand that.," said Law.

While investigators aren't sure if that's what started the fire, they want to remind people living in travel trailers to have propane tanks serviced and checked on a regular basis.

"The biggest thing is to just be aware of your senses and if you smell gas or something other, exit, turn the tanks off outside and call for assistance," said Ambrose.

Investigators haven't released the name of the victim and are still looking for what caused the fire.

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