Fire damages mobile home on Regina Street in Wareham

Dec 18, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Wareham firefighters examine a trailer that caught fire Monday night on Regina Street.

Wareham first responders quickly extinguished a small fire in the Red Wing Estates mobile home park on Monday evening.

According to emergency broadcasts, the fire was first reported at 7:03 p.m. and was out at 7:18 p.m.

Broadcasts stated that flames were seen beneath the mobile home, located at 20 Regina St. First responders were reported as knocking down the flames with fire extinguishers before firetrucks arrived on the scene.

Damage to the mobile home appeared to be minor. It’s unclear at this time if any injuries were reported.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Dec 19, 2017 07:19

Yet another trailer fire, this is to a point where its not a coincidence anymore.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Dec 19, 2017 09:32

I agree that there's certainly a coincidence. Not a foul play coincidence.  More of a situational coincidence.  Trailers can be prone to fires.  I'd be willing to guess that there are three trailer fires to every one house fire reported in Wareham in this paper.


There are many safe, well maintained trailers (technically called manufactured homes) in town that are normally occupied by seniors; some are used seasonally. Those nice safe ones unfortunately get a bad reputation due to the other kind of trailers in town. There is a big difference between the two.


Like anything else, if something is cared for, maintained, and complies to regulations it will last and be safe.  The well maintained manufactured homes are just like houses. The occupants take pride and care about their homes.  They are spaced out on small clean yards that are not overgrown. Their heating, cooking, and electrical systems are decent and comply to regulations.  They require smoke, heat, LP, and CO detectors just like a home.  Accidents can happen, however fire is not as likely in those.


The other kinds are jammed together and overgrown. The trailers are old, rusty, and ramshackled. Flammable junk and trash is in, under, and around the trailers.  Heating, cooking, and electrical systems are old and dangerous and out of compliance.  The occupants may not be the owners and many don't care about the trailer.  Those are just accidents waiting to happen.


The Town's Inspectional Services needs to impose strict regulations on trailers.  Safety inspections need to be paramount and conducted regularly (every 6 months).  All heating, cooking, and electrical systems need to be up to date.  Smoke, heat, LP, & CO detectors must be present.  Other factors should be included such as egress, parking, sanitary systems, animal compliance, mold, flammable material, trash, etc.


Inadvertently, safety inspections will reduce the eyesore factor as well.  Ugly is subjective and cannot be used as a factor because not everybody can afford to keep their trailer pretty, but they must keep their trailer safe!  Massachusetts uses the same logic with automobile inspections.  Body rot is now considered a safety violation. Vehicles with body rot now get rejection stickers.  Massachusetts certainly has found an indirect way to get rid of ugly cars. Wareham should follow suit and use safety inspections as an indirect way to get rid of ugly trailers.


Don't anyone go yelling at me for being an elitist.  My vehicle recently got rejected for rot and now I'm scrambling to fix it.

Posted by: Uptohere | Dec 19, 2017 12:41

Just to clarify the issue of dwellings catching fire, how many mobiles and how many houses have caught fire? And for the overgrowth of the landscaping and distance between mobiles, is it just mobiles that warranty such close and possible intrusive inspection?

Posted by: Linda | Dec 19, 2017 13:39

A lot of mobile homes use a material to wrap their pipes so that they don't freeze.  I have been told the fire could have started due to this wrapping.     

Unfortunately, EVERY town and city has a few hoarders that use their outdoor and indoor space for this - fire hazard.  How do you get inside?  You can enforce the outdoor space be cleaned up.  You used to be able to take your crap to the dump, not anymore.  You pay for trash p.u. but they won't take the kid's old bike, the old grille, old patio chairs, so without the $ to take them somewhere, they stay in the yard.  Then, the town will probably fine you.  Everything here is about the money and where to get more $ from.  Hide your junk, people!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Dec 19, 2017 16:01

Everybody cries about privacy and intrusiveness.  Here's a few points regarding that:

  • My homeowners insurance company regularly inspects my home inside and out, top to bottom.
  • My flood insurance company has inspected my home inside and out, top to bottom.
  • The Town of Wareham Assessors have inspected my home inside and out, top to bottom.
  • I have had work done that has allowed Wareham Inspectors to enter and inspect my home
  • The town even makes me pay a scuba diver to inspect my mooring!
Inspections are part of life.  If someone doesn't like it, they can go off grid somewhere.  Otherwise its a fact of living in an organized community.

Posted by: Uptohere | Dec 19, 2017 18:03

FYI, mobiles are inspected by the same inspectors that inspect your house for the same reasons before You can buy them. They are not vehicles that need yearly inspections nor are they normally park in an area that needs flood ins. But if they are then like you they would be inspected.

Posted by: Knocked for six | Dec 23, 2017 09:31

WBTS... Do you have statics or is that a uneducated comment?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Dec 23, 2017 10:01

Knocked, I stated "I'd be willing to guess" on my 3 to 1 estimate.  Maybe it is off a bit.  The two different types of trailers I described is quite apparent.  I have two eyes and a brain...there are no secrets...look around.


I actually used to work for a guy that serviced trailers in Wareham, so I even have a better perspective.


So my comment is not uneducated.

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