Home, ‘total loss’ from fire

By Dean Vaglia
Leader Staff Writer
A fire destroyed a home in the Parkhurst Estates Manufactured Home Community on Wednesday (Aug. 11) afternoon. One resident was treated on scene for smoke inhalation and one pet died in the fire.
The Oxford Fire Department received the call for the trailer fire at 4:56 p.m. after returning from calls about downed power lines.
“When we got there heavy smoke was visible from a mile away,” Oxford Fire Chief Pete Scholz said. “Fire pretty much extends out through the windows in the rear of the home. Pretty well gutted out the back half of the home — right out through the walls and everything. The front of it was totally smoke and heat and fire and everything. It’s a total loss, the contents and the trailer.”
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Scholz believes it was not related to the afternoon’s severe storms.
“We called the Oakland County (Sheriff’s) fire investigators out,” Scholz said. “They were working last night (Aug. 11) digging through everything.”
Another Parkhurst resident, Michele Flanagan Corneail, is working with the resident of the home to get donations via GoFundMe and direct donations of items such as clothing. Interested parties can reach out to Corneail at 248-693-2353 or the Parkhurst offices at 248-693-8812.

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