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Community supports family after weekend blaze destroys home

JACKSON, Wyo. — Members of the community are coming together to support a Jackson family after a fire destroyed their trailer home at the Evans Mobile Home Court Sunday morning. According to officials, the fire began around 8 a.m. when one occupant was in the home.

“There was at least one family member that was home at the time,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Brady Hansen. “They became aware that a fire was starting and made some early attempts to extinguish the fire themselves, but was unable to do that successfully. That family member exited the structure and then called 911. A couple of other family members were not home but they were contacted and returned home quickly.”

A sheriff’s deputy that was in the area was the first to respond to the scene. The deputy worked to make sure that everyone exited the home and stayed out. About 35-40 firefighters quickly responded to the scene, but the blaze had begun to spread fast.

“By the time the fire department arrived there was a significant amount of fire in the structure,” Hansen said. “Trailers, in particular, are sometimes notorious for the fire spreading quickly. The fire department had a pretty robust response from multiple stations but a significant amount of damage already was done.”

Not only did the fire spread quickly, but firefighters had to bring in their own water supply to douse the blaze.

“It’s also very challenging in neighborhoods without any water supply, we have to bring the water in trucks. So that impacts how fast we can get a certain amount of water available and how fast we can apply the water,” said Hansen. “The crews did a great job in setting up a water supply system which means there’s a rotation of trucks that deliver water to the scene. The crews were eventually able to get the fire under control, but not until there was a significant amount of loss to the structure.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, but Hansen said that electrical components may be to blame.

“The cause of the fire is not suspicious at all, but we’re still working on making sure we have accurate information. Right now what’s being investigated is a potential electrical cause,” Hansen said.

A GoFundMe page, titled “Help Nury and her family rebuild”, has been set up to assist the homeowner, Nury Hernandez, and her two children.

“We are raising money to help Nury and her children get back on to their feet and have somewhere to stay,” the GoFundMe page description reads. “Any help is appreciated to help her and her family rebuild. They lost many things during this fire including their clothes and treasured family items.”

Nury Hernandez and her daughter. Photo: GoFundMe

The goal is to raise $20,000 for the family, and as of 4 p.m. Monday, nearly 150 people have donated close to $15,000.

Hansen said, “It’s always a good reminder to all of us to take every precaution that we can in our homes and be extra careful with sources of heat, and be extra sure that our smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working effectively just in case it does happen to us.”

Those who would like to support the family can go to gofund.me/093755ed to donate.

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