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Posted on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

Fire at Ypsilanti Township trailer park causes extensive damage to home

By Sven Gustafson

A family of six was displaced from their home in Ypsilanti Township Saturday night after fire ripped through their trailer home.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported at 5:16 p.m. Saturday in a trailer at the Timberland Mobile Home Park, 3375 E. Michigan Ave.

Firefighters from Ypsilanti Township arrived to find light smoke coming from the roughly 1,200 square-foot trailer and had the fire under control by 6 p.m.

The blaze caused an estimated $30,000 worth of damage to the trailer and personal belongings. Investigators believe an electrical issue started the blaze.

The Washtenaw-Lenawee County Chapter of the American Red Cross said Sunday that it helped provide the family with food, clothing and lodging.

Ypsilanti and Superior Township firefighters helped extinguish the blaze.

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Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 11:19 a.m.

Oh really sad to hear that, but thank God there is no loss of lives. Everyone from the family is safe. I just wish the family back on the track soon. Cowhide patchwork rugs


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:19 a.m.

Thank you Luckykash... i feel my family is blessed to all be alive and unharmed...God only too from us the things that dont truly matter...


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 11:50 p.m.

i am the homeowner...a few things id like to clear up. Not that it really matters, but our home was 16X80, it was 5 bedrooms, drywall, new subfloors and new hard wood floors, new windows, new bathroom, new carpet, new lighting, sinks, you name it was NEW..we bought and fixed the home last year while i was pregnant with our now 11month old twins. i think its totally disrespectful of you MISSDMISERY to say such a thing. some previous owner built the 15X16 addition on the back, where the wiring caught on fire inside the walls. now, no i didnt live in a mansion but check this out, it was our home everything weve worked for, and everything weve provided for our 4 children is gone, they valued it at 30,000 but i cant put a price on my loss, the home is not important but there were things inside you simply cant replace... as far as no fire hydrant, im working on that, promise...when we called there were no flames only smoke, but i watched my familys whole life go up in flames while they looked for a water source...just saying...and now, we have to PAY to have it torn down.


Sat, Feb 16, 2013 : 2:16 a.m.

correction, 26X80 sorry, it had roughly 1200 square feet


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:03 a.m.

Prayers sent to you & your family.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:48 p.m.

Whether they lost everything is a valued point. But the trailer itself is not valued at that amount. These things are like cars. They depreciate so fast it is not funny. As for the insurance ? They need to come up with $500 deductible just to get things rolling. Most times as in the case of some friends of ours? They could not sell that thing for less then $20 grand. Sad. Houses are worth more then trailers. Good luck finding something.

Carolyn King

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 5:56 a.m.

I want to only add one main fact that the article completely missed.....there are no fire hydrants in the Park at all. Not one. Maybe the destruction to this property would have been minimal had the three different responding agencies had not had to use the neighboring Trailer Park fire hydrants for water. 4 young is a shame. How did this place escape ordinance, zoning, or fire inspections?


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:10 a.m.

good question, when we purchased the place they said "everything works!!!"...we never had to have it inspected, and they didnt either, far as i know...we went from renting a house,, expecting we got the trailor tryin to save money... my husband and I had a guy come to check out the wiring because of a switch issue...but he fixed that and told us it looked good...guess we should have had a second opinion because it could of cost 6 lives


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:50 p.m.

Might want to take a drive around of the area homes. Some of the hydrants are not in working order either. Yes they need to have hydrants there, but if it is private property? Then the owner has to have them installed and they are not going to do that on a trailer park that is considered not worth it. No one will get fined for this one.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 11:19 p.m.

missmisery--Do you not own ANYTHING?? Not counting the trailer, $30,000 is nothing when you take into account the furniture, appliances, clothes, jewelry, personal possesions, etc.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

Just a few things, one and the least important,I think that is where the drive in theater used to be years ago. But I think someone is asking for clothing donations unless the same thing happened in Canton ( which is just a few yards away ).It can be seen on Craigslist>ann arbor>wanted.If anyone should happen to care.It looks like it is posted by a friend


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:21 a.m.

missmisery--The Red Cross did not "replace" their clothes. It is not their job. They gave them assistance to purchase a couple shirts, pants, socks, underwear, etc.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 12:13 p.m.

missmisery....No you need to look at my post more closely.All I did was comment and add a link of a posting on Craigslist.That's it.So let me ask what does your comment have to do with my comment/link in any shape or form ?


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 11:49 a.m.

The red cross already helped them out with clothing. You might want to read the article more closely, tdw.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 9:27 p.m.

Not sure if I'm allowed to post this but