QUAPAW – Despite the added danger of oxygen tanks located within his burning trailer home in Quapaw the owner, Charles Scott, was able to get out with only minor burns.
The Town Of Quapaw Fire Department and Quapaw Tribe Fire/EMS responded to the scene of the trailer fire around 3 a.m. Sunday at Scott's residence located at 309 Cherry Street in Quapaw.
According to Quapaw Fire Chief Billie Kerley, the trailer house is a complete loss, but Scott escaped with only minor burns.
“It was a routine trailer house fire,” Kerley said. “He was home when the fire started and I believe he called for help, and I think he was out of the trailer when we got there. He had oxygen in the house in oxygen bottles.”
Scott was transported and treated for his injuries.
“I think he had minor burns, but I don't know the extent because I didn't get the chance to talk to him,” Kerley said.
Kerley said his department deals with oxygen bottles in fires routinely and there was no explosions he was aware of in the event. He said once ignited, trailer fires can move quickly through the structure.
“It wasn't a full-size trailer either,” Kerley said.
There were no other occupants in the home at the time of the fire, but Scott's dog may be missing.
At this time the cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Kerley.