Increase in Mobile Home Fires Concerning Officials

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 4:36pm

Mobile home fires are on the rise this summer and Valley citizens are taking notice.

“Due to the high amount of fires we have received a lot of phone calls from concerned citizens,” says Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator Humberto Barrera. “The problem we are having is that people are putting two or three mobile homes on one lot and wiring it to one meter.”

This is a violation of mobile home rules and regulations.

“We are going to be more aggressive with landlords who are placing two or three structures on one property,” says Barrera.

The mobile home meters act as power strips and when they are overworked the chances of a fire dramatically increases. As a result, fines will be handed out to any and all violators.

Barrera says there is one main reason people violate these standard mobile home regulations.

Money.

“They want to maximize their profits and charge rent for two or three properties and only one meter,” says Barrera.

He says that violators could cost themselves more than just cash if someone is injured as a result of their violation.

“You could be facing criminal charges depending on the severity of the damage,” says Barrera. “When you start doubling or tripling that amount then you are putting people's lives at risk, and it's just not worth it.”

The main problem area in Cameron County?

Laguna Heights.

The first area of concern for Barrera and local officials.

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