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The fire is believed to have started in the utility room of the Hammond home.

Firemen use a large fan to ventilate smoke from the Hammond home after putting out the fire.

Rural Odin Home Receives Extensive Fire Damage

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A rural Odin doublewide mobile home received extensive damage in an early Saturday night fire. The fire was at the Thomas and LaDonna Hammond home at 2838 Farthing Road south of Odin.  

Assistant Fire Chief Claude Howell says flames were shooting from the home on their arrival. "When the first engine got on the scene there was heavy fire showing and heavy smoke from the east side of the home.  They made a good knock, made a quick knock, on the back part of the home.  Of course it  had already had gotten into the attic and roof and run down the length of the whole home.  We were able to get a hole cut in each gable and get it stopped," said Howell.  "The guys did a good job."

Howell says there was considerable damage.  "There is a lot of structure left, but there was a lot of water and smoke damage to the home," said Howell.  He reported the Red Cross was called to assist the family since they will not be able to stay in the home and lost many of their possessions.  

A State Deputy Fire Marshall has been asked to look at the fire scene to try and determine the cause.  One of the occupants went to a neighbor's home to ask them to call the fire department because their house was on fire.  

Salem was called for automatic mutual aide while Sandoval was called for a tanker and additional manpower.  Howell says they had plenty of water and firemen rotated in an out of the firefighting effort due to the intense heat.  No injuries were reported.  

The fire call came in just after seven Saturday night.

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