Saturday, May 28, 2005

Martin County FEMA Trailer Destroyed

Source: Palm Beach Post

An explosion and fire destroyed a FEMA trailer at Sunshine Mobile Manor on U.S. 1 Friday afternoon, slightly injuring a blind woman who lived there.

Susan Tesker, 54, was taken to Martin Memorial Hospital South but was not seriously hurt.

Martin firefighter Max Spraver puts out hot spots in a FEMA trailer at Sunshine Mobile Manor on U.S. 1 in Stuart Friday. Martin County fire investigators at the scene suspected a propane gas tank had exploded and started the blaze.

Martin County fire investigators at the scene suspected a propane gas tank had exploded. They found a toaster on top of the propane gas stove and the initial call was for a smell of burning plastic. When the first firefighters arrived, flames were showing but Tesker was safe outside.

Neighbor Florence Kogel said she was resting on her sofa when she heard the booming explosion around 5:30 p.m.

"It knocked me onto the floor," Kogel said. "I thought the terrorists were bombing us."
Another neighbor, Jesus Arce, said he heard the explosion and saw the flames and then he saw Tesker stumble and fall in a ditch behind her trailer.

"She didn't have her cane or anything to know where she was going," Arce said.
He and another man pulled her to safety.

Park residents said they didn't know where Tesker lived before she was set up in the FEMA trailer but she has been at the park for about five months and lived alone.

A firefighter also was treated for smoke inhalation and dehydration, but no other information was available Friday.

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