Man loses mobile home after morning fire

Posted at 12:01 AM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 06:41:47-05

HAMPTON, Va. - A man lost his mobile home after it was damaged in a fire on Saturday. All that remains is charred rubble in and outside the taped-off home.

"I looked out the door and I seen flames come out from the top and a lot of smoke and stuff," James Brand, a neighbor, said.

Brand lived across the narrow road from where the fire happened. He said the victim knocked on his door for help.

Firefighters were called to the scene off of Shell Road in the Hampton Mobile Park just before 7:00 a.m.

"I dialed the number for that and he started calling his family members to tell them that the house was on fire," Brand said. "He left this morning after everything was over with. He came back but he left again, I don't know what's going on now."

The smell of smoke permeated the air. The mobile homes were close together, but fire crews said just one mobile home caught fire.

As for the fire's magnitude, it was something Brand said he has not seen before.

“It's the first fire I've ever seen coming out of the top of the building and stuff like that," Brand said.

Green signs are posted on the home, saying no one can live inside. The man who lived in the home was not hurt, according to fire officials and Brand.

Brand said it would be a shame to see his neighbor leave.

"Thinking about him, I'm going to miss him if he moves," Brand said. "He always kept me company."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.