Mobile-home fire in Montco ruled accidental



Update: A mobile-home fire in Lower Providence has been ruled accidental, police said late this afternoon. The American Red Cross was assisting the owner, William Wilson, with housing and immediate needs.

Wilson, who police had initially thought was missing, was located at mid-day following the blaze in his mobile home in Montgomery County.

The home in the Trooper section of the township sustained extensive damage in a fire Wednesday night, said police spokeswoman Denise Walsh.

County disptchers sent Lower Providence police, firefighters and medics to a blaze on Ivy Circle in the Sunnyside Mobile Home Park at 11:59 p.m.

They arrived to find residents trying to extinguish trees on fire with a garden hose. The fire was centered in a mobile home on Devon Drive, an adjoining road in the Trooper Mobile Home Park.

Police initially believed that the owner, William Wilson, and his black Newfoundland dog, were still inside, but neighbors told police they had been seen him leaving earlier in the evening with the dog.

Deputy Fire Chief James Alexander of the Lower Providence Township Volunteer Fire Company reported the fire under control at 12:33 a.m., and all units cleared at 2:15 a.m.

Volunteers from Skippack and Jefferson Fire Companies assisted. Lower Providence Ambulance was present for medical support, but no injuries were reported.

Lower Providence Township Fire Marshal Charles DeFrangesco reported that the home and its contents received extensive fire, water and smoke damage. The home will be condemned by the Township's Code Department, Walsh said.

On Thursday afternoon, DeFrangesco and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Investigation Unit completed their investigation and ruled the cause of the blaze as accidental.