Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fires Destroy Mobile Home, Vehicles

Residents of one Putnam County neighborhood woke up to the sounds of an explosion and fire truck sirens Wednesday morning. One person had to be taken to a hospital after a fire at a trailer park on Poplar Grove Road. Authorities said the fire destroyed one mobile home -- the one occupied by Dennis Redifer in the Dietz Trailer Park. Fire officials say the blaze may have started from an oxygen tank exploding in the residence. Redifer was reportedly helped off the front porch of the home by a man who was visiting relatives in the same park. Meanwhile, Cookeville police are investigating a case of burglary, that was discovered after a vehicle was found burning in western Putnam County. A passerby noticed van on fire on the side of Rock Island Road about 3 am Tuesday, and officials learned that the vehicle belonged to J & H construction company. They called the owner, who then called Cookeville police to have them check out his business on S. Jefferson Ave. The construction business had, indeed, been broken into and the van stolen, along with a gun safe and some computer equipment. Authorities say the safe and the computers were not found in the vehicle, which was destroyed by the fire. The total loss was estimated to be about $50,000. And, in an unrelated case, a man on Southfork Road had his Ford Explorer destroyed by fire this week. He told investigators that he was changing the fuel filter and believes some gasoline spilled on a shop light, causing the blaze. He was able to push the vehicle out of the garage and into the yard, but it was destroyed.