A fire broke out at the Browning Trailer Park near downtown Holtville on March 15 and destroyed one of the trailers on the premises.
The location is a manufactured home/mobile home community at 434 W. 5th Street about four blocks west of city hall. There are currently about a half-dozen other trailers in the park. The manager of the park, Tom Wyer, said he was not at home when the Holtville Fire Department first responded to the scene about 2 p.m.
“I was out driving on the road when a friend called me and said, ‘There’s a fire and it looks like it’s in your area,’ ” recalled Wyer. “I got back home about 4 p.m. and the fire department was still here.”
Sgt. Roy Patterson of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office noted an ongoing investigation was proceeding and thus he could not disclose any details about what may have caused the blaze.
Wyer did reveal the trailer was unoccupied at the time.
“It’s a fortunate thing that nobody got hurt and nobody lost anything,” he added. “But the important thing is, you can always buy new material things, but you can’t replace your life.”
Wyer said the trailer belonged to an older couple who left it approximately 90 days ago and promised to return but never did.
“When my friend called I was worried about the other trailers,” said Wyer. “Everything I own is in this trailer and I imagine it’s the same for everybody else here. The Sheriff’s Office was here inspecting--to see if anybody had started it--but they’re still investigating it. Nobody had to evacuate, and that’s a fortunate thing.”