Man and woman badly burned in Bradford trailer fire


Investigators with the State Fire Mashal's Office examine a travel trailer that burned in Bradford County Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of Bradford County Emergency Management)

Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 9:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 at 9:47 a.m.

Two people were hospitalized with critical injuries when a travel trailer they were in caught fire Thursday night in Bradford County.

Firefighters from the Starke and Theressa fire departments responded to the fire at 15448 County Road 100-A just after 8 p.m. after calls to 911 reported a camper trailer on fire behind a home, according to a news release from county Emergency Management spokesman Michael Heeder.

When firefighters arrived, they found a woman and man with serious burns and the travel trailer engulfed in flames.

Starke firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire, saving the adjacent home and a large barn next to the burning trailer, officials reported. Heeder said they immediately began emergency care for the injured people.

Two ambulances from Bradford County Emergency Services took the injured people to the burn unit at Shands at the University of Florida, where they were listed early Friday morning in critical condition, Heeder said.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was called in by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office to investigate the fire, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was asked to help in the investigation.

A police K-9 unit as well as forensic evidence technicians worked into the night to collect materials as part of the ongoing investigation. The investigation is continuing, Heeder said.

The trailer was destroyed. No other injuries were reported.

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