Lighting water heater pilot light leads to mobile home fire

Lighting water heater pilot light leads to mobile home fire

URBANA — Five people escaped unharmed from a mobile home fire Wednesday night outside the Urbana city limits.

Crews from the Carroll, Edge-Scott, Eastern Prairie and Savoy fire departments were called to a blaze at 7 Cedric Drive at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a fire department report, a man living in the mobile home was trying to ignite a water heater’s pilot light when the fire suddenly started.

When firefighters arrived, they saw embers coming out from the underpinning of the mobile home.

No residents or firefighters were injured.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 9:05 p.m. and left the scene at 9:17 p.m.

Total damage was estimated at $1,000.

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But seriously wrote on November 12, 2015 at 7:11 am

"Don't need a hot water heater. Need a hot water cooler." - George Carlin. "Lighting water heater..." would have sufficed as the headline. It's too early and I'm being too literal. Everyone have a great day.

Mike Howie wrote on November 12, 2015 at 8:11 am
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That is from the Department of Redundancy Department, isn't it? Gone now. Thanks for the note.

Mike Howie

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