Woman seriously injured after fire destroys trailer in Towanda
TOWANDA, PA. (WENY) -- A trailer was destroyed and a woman was seriously injured following a fire in Bradford County.
Firefighters say they were responded to initial reports of an explosion at a trailer on Meredith Colony Lane off of Route 220 shortly before 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.
They say when they arrived, the entire trailer was on fire and a woman had escaped.
Officials say the woman, who has not yet been identified, was there alone with her two dogs. One dog was able to escape, but the other dog has not been found.
The woman suffered burns to her body and was flown to a hospital by helicopter.
The Towanda Fire Department was assisted on scene by the North Towanda Fire Company, Wysox Fire Department and Monroeton Fire Department.
“When I got here, there was fire from one end of the trailer to the other,” said Assistant Chief Jazz Sheets with the North Towanda Fire Company. “There were several spots within the trailer that the walls had actually been blown out and separated from the trailer. So it was just one big ball of fire.”
According to the Towanda Borough Fire Department chief, Bill Roof, the victims injuries aren't life threatening. But Roof did say he believes she'll be in the hospital for a while while she recovers. Roof told WENY News that before she was taken to the hospital, she told officials her version of what happened.
"The patient was on the stretcher wrapped in a sheet," said Roof. "EMS was already there. Complaining of burns on her arms and legs, hands. What she said was she went into the living room and turned, shortly thereafter, and seen a ball of fire coming at her and heard an explosion. I’m assuming that, but she saw the ball of fire coming at her."
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall.