2013-02-21 / Front Page

Stevensville Family Flees Burning Trailer


Second Stevensville Area Fire in Seven-Days
David Keeler

Rick Hunsinger and his family escaped from their burning house trailer near Stevensville Tuesday morning with only the clothes they were wearing.  The fire scene is only a short distance from where campers and a mobile home were destroyed a week ago at Alpine Meadows Lake Campground.
Photo by David KeelerRick Hunsinger and his family escaped from their burning house trailer near Stevensville Tuesday morning with only the clothes they were wearing. The fire scene is only a short distance from where campers and a mobile home were destroyed a week ago at Alpine Meadows Lake Campground. Photo by David Keeler

A Stevensville area family got out of their burning house trailer Tuesday morning with only the clothes they were wearing.

Rick Hunsinger said he was awakened by the sounds of flames crackling and found a chair in the trailer’s living room burning.

“I threw water on it and used a fire extinguisher, but I couldn’t get it out,” Hunsinger said. He also tried to smother the flames with a blanket but was unsuccessful. He surmised that an electrical problem caused the fire. “When I turned on the lights there was no power, so that makes me think it was something electrical that caused this,” Hunsinger said.

Hunsinger and his girlfriend, Nakeisha Evans, their kids, Nicholas, 6 and Molly 2, and their pet dog Emca  all rushed out of their burning home, which is located along Leisure Lakes Road, without injury but didn’t have time to save any of their possessions. They drove to their neighbors, Dick and Betty Harris’s home, about a quarter-mile away, and called 911 at about 7 a.m. “We didn’t save anything except the clothes we are wearing,” Nakeisha Evans said. “ I didn’t even have time to grab my glasses,” Rich Hunsinger said. “But we saved what is most precious to us,” Nakeisha said, pointing at her two young children. She called the Wyalusing elementary school where, young Nicholas is a student, to inform the school of the fire.

LeRaysville-Pike Fire Chief John Keegan said the structure was fully involved when his crews arrived on the scene. Keegan called for mutual aid from Herrickville and Wyalusing.

The house trailer is owned by Hunsinger’s father, Russell Hunsinger, and it is unknown if the losses are insured. Rick Hunsinger said he had lived in the trailer since 1989.

The fire scene is only a short distance from a fire that destroyed campers and mobile homes at Alpine Meadows Lakes just a week ago on Tuesday, February 19. Water was ferried to Tuesday morning’s fire from Alpine Meadows Lake.

Rick Hunsinger with his children Nicholas, left 6 and Molly 2 at the nearby home of Richard and Betty Harris, where they took refuge after fleeing their burning trailer. Photo by David KeelerRick Hunsinger with his children Nicholas, left 6 and Molly 2 at the nearby home of Richard and Betty Harris, where they took refuge after fleeing their burning trailer. Photo by David Keeler

Firefighters were able to save a nearby garage from heavy damage that was just a few feet from the inferno. A Chevrolet Suburban parked near the trailer was also destroyed by the flames.

Keegan said he notified Red Cross officials about the family’s losses. Persons who have items they would like to donate should call Dick and Betty Harris at 570-746-3209 or Natasha’s parents Bruce and Patricia Evans at 570-247-7485.

Betty Harris said a fund has been set up at Wyalusing’s PS Bank (formerly Peoples State Bank) where donations can be made to the Hunsinger Family. For more information stop by the bank or call 570-746-1011

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