Five Homes Burn In Mobile Home Park
(North Memphis) Investigators are calling a fire that burned five homes a North Memphis mobile home park suspicious.
The fires broke out around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon at the Country View mobile home park of Millington Road.
One home was completely destroyed.
The homes have been vacant since last summer, when the floods everyone from their homes.
Brenda Harper could only watch as the trailer park she called home for twenty years filled with smoke. “It’s devastating,” Harper said.
It was just a year ago, when flood waters engulfed the same park forcing Harper and her neighbors from their trailers.
“Mine was demolished. It was condemned,” Harper said.
Since then her old neighborhood has been a virtual ghost town and a prime target for suspicious activity.
“It’s very upsetting,” Sandra Spencer Said. Spencer’s mom’s home was one of five houses torched Monday afternoon.
After nearly three hours of battling the flames, fire crews weren’t able to save her mom’s old place.
She says what makes it most upsetting is that she never got to get her mom’s belonging out of it. She says when she tried she was threatened.
“The officer pulled up and asked us what we were doing and we said trying to get my mothers belongings. He says no this property belongs to FEMA and everyone of you needs to leave or you will be put under arrest,” she said.
While she couldn’t get in, someone else did and set the home on fire.
“There are no electrical outlets, so someone had to have set it on fire,” Shelby County Fire Chief Charles Pinson said.
Now investigators are trying to figure out who’s responsible.
“I mean something needs to be done because these fires aren’t happening by accident,” Spencer said. “Someone is doing this.”