ROCHELLE – The Rochelle Fire Department, with assistance from the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District and the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a trailer fire Friday afternoon.
The Rochelle Fire Department received a call at 2:16 p.m. of a trailer on fire at 102 Lilac Lane located at Shangri La trailer park just west of Rochelle. By the time Rochelle firefighters arrived on scene the Flagg-Center firefighters were attempting to put out the fully engulfed trailer.
At the time of the fire one resident was inside. She was able to escape with minor injuries.
“When we arrived, the only resident had managed to get out of the building, but she was having trouble breathing,” explained Rochelle Fire Chief Dave Sawlsville. “She was transported to Rochelle Community Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.”
After making sure that no one else was hurt, firefighters began to put out the flames that were shooting out of a hole on the west side of the trailer.
On scene were the Rochelle Fire Department, Flagg-Center Fire Department, Steward Fire Department and Hillcrest Fire Department. The Creston Fire Department took over command at the Rochelle Fire Department while crews were on scene at Shangri La.
Since the trailer was fully engulfed at the time of arrival, the only way to get the fire under control was with lots of water.
“When we arrived, we were a little behind the curve already, and at that point the only thing that could stop the fire was lots and lots of water,” added Sawlsville.
There were three engines on scene, one that held 800 gallons of water, one that held 1,000 gallons and Flagg Center’s engine that held 3,000 gallons of water.
The trailer along with the contents were a total loss. There was no damage to any surrounding property. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.