ELYRIA — A family has been left homeless following a mobile home fire this morning in Elyria.
According to Assistant Chief Bob Dempsey, firefighters were called to 140 Inglewood Place, in the West Ridge Green mobile home park, about 10:15 a.m.
The trailer’s occupants “a mother, child and others” were able to get out of the home on their own, Dempsey said.
Firefighters arrived to find the home “fully involved” in flames but were able to douse surrounding trailers to protect them from the fire, Dempsey said.
Dempsey said the fire was out in about 15 minutes and firefighters remained on the scene for about an hour and 20 minutes.
A 4-year-old boy playing with a lighter in a bedroom started the fire, Dempsey said. He estimated damage at $10,000 to the trailer and $5,000 to its contents.
The occupants don’t have insurance, he said, and are being cared for now by the American Red Cross.
Dempsey added that a pet lizard, specifically a Savannah monitor about a foot and a half in length, was rescued from the home.
Dempsey credited firefighter Mike Mullally, who he said has a background in pets through a family business, with rescuing the lizard.
“He recognized what this was and was able to safely handle it and take it out of the house to its owners, who were very appreciative,” he said.