Daytona Beach News Journal

Fire destroys local woman's mobile home

By JAMES MILLER
Staff Writer

Last update: 30 July 2003


BUNNELL -- A double-wide mobile home on Elder Street in Daytona North burned early Sunday morning, destroying everything inside but injuring no one.

The home's owner and sole occupant, 43-year-old Elizabeth Walton, was not home at the time of the fire, which was reported by a neighbor at about 2:10 a.m., according to Sheriff's Office reports.

Investigator Murray McDonald with the Division of the State Fire Marshal estimated the damage to be at least $65,000.
"It was a total loss," he said.

He said he could not conclusively determine what caused the fire due to the extensive damage but said he found indications of wiring problems that could have caused the fire, which neighbor reported the fire after being wakened by popping and crackling noises.

On Monday afternoon, Walton said she'd been staying with family since the fire but was looking for a new place to go because her family lacks space. She said she set up an appointment with the American Red Cross.

Shelley Allen, spokeswoman for the Coast to Coast Chapter of American Red Cross, which serves Volusia and Flagler counties, said the agency accepts donations of money but not goods for victims of disaster. Monetary donations cannot be earmarked for specific families, she said.

The Coast to Coast chapter, which supplies emergency assistance in a seven-county area, works with victims of an average of two single-family fires per week, she said.

People who want to help victims of disaster can send checks to the American Red Cross at 341White St., Daytona Beach, Fla. 32114 or call (386) 226-1400.

In other police-related news:

· A woman who left her sports utility vehicle parked at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park late Sunday morning returned an hour later to find her right rear window smashed out and items worth an estimated $1,229 stolen.

The items stolen included a video camera, 35mm camera, binoculars and a purse containing credit cards, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The park is on State Road A1A, just south of Marineland.

The incident happened between 11:30 a.m. and 12:27 p.m., the report indicates.

· A thief took a television and two speakers valued at $2,500 from a van parked outside a residence on Elias Place between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 5:00 a.m. Thursday, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

· Bunnell police are investigating the theft of .223-caliber rifle from a shed on East Booe Street, according to reports.

The owner discovered the rifle, which was black, had a wood-grain handled and was valued at $650, missing early Saturday afternoon and told police he'd last seen it on Tuesday.

Also taken was loaded five-round magazine, according to reports.

The rifle, which was missing its front sight, was locked with a yellow safety lock.

A hinge on the lock to the shed was damaged, reports indicate.

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