8 displaced in Mount Vernon mobile home fire

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Multiple mobile homes were damaged and eight people were displaced after a gas explosion at a trailer park Thursday morning.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue officials responded to the Audubon Estates Mobile Home Park in the 7800 Eagle Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. on April 17 because residents reported smelling gas.

When fire officials arrived on scene, they found that an explosion had occurred. Officials say a single mobile home was on fire from a natural gas explosion. Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes, which had also extended to a nearby shed and two vehicles.

Ten mobile homes were damaged in the low order explosion, causing broken windows and siding damage. Three other homes also received fire exposure damage, according to officials.

Eight people have been displaced.

Officials say five people were in the mobile home during the explosion, but there were no injuries reported.

One mobile home is a total loss and the total damage is estimated at $62,000.

According to fire investigators, the cause of the gas leak and the ignition source is undetermined.


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