NEVADA, Iowa – One person is confirmed dead in an early morning mobile home fire in Nevada.
Sgt. Chris Brandes with the Nevada Police Department says the fire happened at 1603 10th St., which is the Homeacres Mobile Home Court, and was first called in at 3:05 a.m. by a neighbor.
Fire crews from Nevada, Colo, and McCallsburg were called to assist in putting out the fire at a lot in the mobile home community. When they arrived, they found the mobile home completely engulfed in flame.
Crews were able to put out the fire quickly. While checking to make sure all the flames were extinguished, firefighters found a deceased person inside the residence. The body of a dog was also located.
We spoke with a friend of the victim, whose name hasn't been publicly released by police yet when she stopped at the scene to grieve.
"She was an out of the box person. She was funny and she was spontaneous and she loved her little girl," said friend Amanda Aldrich.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but police say witnesses have provided some clues.
"Witnesses in the neighborhood say that there was a woman that had a small bonfire in front of her trailer, and we don't have any timeframes of that and then sometime later we're surmising that got out of control or didn't go out...that started the fire that entered into the trailer," says Nevada Police Chief Ricardo Martinez.
Neighbors told us they heard a loud bang around 3:00 a.m. and then the mobile home went up in flames.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office will be assisting in the investigation.