Battle Ground

Clutter hampers crew's rescue, and woman dies in mobile home fire

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BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – Fire crews said piles of clutter made it difficult for them to get to a woman who died late Monday night when her mobile home caught on fire in Battle Ground.

Crews said there were no working smoke detectors in the 53-year-old woman’s home on S.W. 7th Ave.

When Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. Crews quickly put out the fire, and found Penny J. Davis had died of smoke inhalation when they searched the inside.

The fire grew rapidly because the mobile home was very full of belongings. The clutter got in the way of the rescue effort.

“I think we see this in communities all over the nation,” said battalion chief Tim Dawdy. “It's just part of the psychology, being an American. It happens in all social strata, it happens in all communities and we see it all too often.”

Crews are still working to determine what caused the fire.