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UPDATE: Early morning mobile home explosion

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Published: Mar. 9, 2016 at 4:21 AM CST
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UPDATE: 3/9/16 5:50 p.m.

"It appeared that the house was vacant at the time of the fire," said Fire Chief Stephen Grossl.

Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Warren County Dispatch received a report of a mobile home explosion. The site of the explosion is just down the street from the Warren County Bus Garage.

"Fire officials say this mobile home had no electricity. So what could cause it to explode," Owner of the property, Mary Ives asked.

Ives says she brought the property in November 2015. She explained that the trailer had been purchased by someone else, but hadn't been moved off the land yet.

"For this to suddenly burn up in the middle of the night leaves a lot of questions," Ives added.

She said the trailer hadn't had water, gas or electric hookup for at least 3 months.

"Somebody had to torch it. I don't see how a building that is vacant with no power and no gas can just blow up," Ives told WBKO.

The neighbors have their suspicions as well. One neighbor said she believed someone had been "squatting" in the vacant trailer and using it occasionally.

"Yeah, I think so. Cause I mean it wasn't no power, no gas, no anything. And it just blows up," said Delana Grinstead, who's step mother, uncle and cousin all live on bordering property.

Grinstead added she saw traffic near the trailer from time to time.

"People would come, go, turn around and go out. Never anything bad."

Ives says she wants to put a stop to that.

"My first plan is maybe to put some no trespassing signs up and cameras in use."

Grinstead says she has lived in the area her whole life. Even on that specific property years ago.

"It's a wonderful place. We just don't want to see anything like this again."

Chief Grossl said when he was on the scene that he didn't believe foul play was a factor, but Ives says she wants to be further investigated.

"If someone can explain to me how mobile homes explode I'll be ok, but right now I believe this is arson."

The official cause of the explosion and fire is still unknown.

Ives said she wasn't even told that there was an explosion and fire on her property.

"I woke up at 5:30 and I turned the TV on and Laura Rogers is talking about a trailer that's burning up. And it looked like that trailer because I could see the other trailer in the background so I woke my son up and we put our shoes on and walked out with our pajamas and sure enough."

The Barren River Volunteer Fire Department said they were turning the investigation over to the State Fire Marshal's office Wednesday morning.

Doug Hogan, the Executive Director in the Public Protection Cabinet says at this time the investigation has not been turned over to them, meaning it is still being locally investigated.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office was on the scene initially and Ives said she reported the incident to dispatch with her name and information, but the WCSO did not return our message regarding their investigation.


A mobile home exploded in Warren County early Wednesday morning.

The mobile home is located off of Crows Lane. The Barren River Fire Department says the home appeared to be vacant and did not see any electrical lines attached to the home.

The Fire Department says the cause of the explosion is still to be determined, but there is no foul play expected at this point in time.

Dispatchers received the call a little after 1 a.m.

"It was called in by someone on the side streets. They stated they could see the smoke and hear fire burning through the tree line. Once units got on scene, they advised it was a mobile home, it was on the ground, fully engulfed," Chief of the Barren River Fire Department, Stephen Grossl said.

The fire department will notify the state fire marshal Wednesday morning to determine the cause of the explosion.