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Mobile Home Fires Spread Quickly

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DECATUR- It's a sad statistic: twice as many people die in mobile home fires than at any other type of home. Twenty two thousand. That's the number of mobile home fires in the US each year.

Most mobile homes are shaped like tunnels and have few exits. The paneling inside is often glued on and flammable. Having a metal roof and sides to the home traps the heat.

The second a window blows, or oxygen gets in, he whole mobile home will go up in flames.

Fire officials say if you live in a mobile home, to be proactive and have a plan to get out in case of a fire. Some other tips: making sure all electrical outlets are being used properly, making sure all smoke detectors are working, and even having an extinguisher on hand.  

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