Ames resident sustains minor injuries in mobile home fire; home is a total loss

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

A woman suffered minor injuries in a fire that destroyed her Ames mobile home Saturday afternoon.

The Ames Fire Department responded to the fire at 3:10 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Browning Street, located off South Dayton Avenue, according to a city news release. Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the roof of the home. 

The partially collapsed roof and high wind speeds prolonged efforts to contain the blaze, Fire Chief Richard Higgins said Monday. It took around 20 minutes to put out the fire, he said.

The Ames Fire Department responded to a reported mobile home fire at 3:10 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Browning St., located off South Dayton Avenue

Wind gusts of up to 34 miles per hour were recorded Saturday in Ames, according to the National Weather Service.

Higgins said the woman had scraped her arms as she escaped her home. She was taken to a hospital for observation.

No firefighters were injured Saturday.

Damages to the home, which is a total loss, are estimated near $75,000. The Red Cross is working with the resident to find housing, the release said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Ames Fire Department cautioned residents to check their smoke detectors monthly.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.