Fire destroys Eureka mobile home

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Only on 12, a Eureka family loses everything after a fire rips through their mobile home.

It happened around 5 o'clock Monday afternoon on Cummings road in Eureka. That's just off I-20 between Aiken and Johnston.

News 12's Diane Cho spoke with the family Monday evening.

The homeowner tells me when his brother came home Monday everything was fine. Not 15 minutes later, his house was completely ablaze.

It's a call these firefighters don't get too often.

"We usually do three to four calls a year," says Chief Charles Cato of the Eureka Volunteer Fire Department.

It took more than 6500 gallons of water to douse the fire.

To make matters worse, the nearest hydrant was eight miles away.

"If we don't get a good start, then we're not gonna save anything," Chief Cato says.

The blaze tore through the center of the home and made it transparent as the vinyl siding peeled away like scotch tape.

Travis Cummings looked on at a house filled with memories he no longer recognized, as firefighters made sure the tiny orange flames wouldn't re-ignite.

"All I know is, cell phone was going off, I got messages...I was in Aiken with my wife," Cummings says.

Fortunately, they were on their way to pick up their two small children when the blaze ignited.

Firefighters believe an electrical fire may be to blame for leaving a family without a place to call home.

Fortunately for the family, they had insurance, and they also have relatives across the street, so they do have a place to stay for the night.

If you'd like to help out they ask only to send baby clothing and diapers for their two small children who are nine months old and three years old.

The number to reach them is 803-642-1222.