Middletown residence destroyed; owner says propane tank ‘blew up’

A fire on Nov. 5 destroyed this mobile home in the 4100 block of Jewell Avenue in Middletown. The lone occupant escaped uninjured, according to the fire report. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

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A fire on Nov. 5 destroyed this mobile home in the 4100 block of Jewell Avenue in Middletown. The lone occupant escaped uninjured, according to the fire report. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

Owner told firefighters he heated his home with propane for the last 15 years

A man who lives in a mobile home in the 4100 block of Jewell Avenue told Middletown firefighters he was changing a propane tank on his heater when it “blew up” and caught the trailer on fire.

Middletown firefighters were dispatched at 10:10 a.m. Nov. 5 for a mobile home fire after receiving multiple calls to dispatch. Firefighters said they saw a column of smoke from some distance while responding.

Doyle Meadows, who is sight-impaired, was the only occupant and he escaped the fire uninjured, according to the fire report.

Firefighters said several propane tanks were seen and were venting from the heat. Meadows told firefighters multiple tanks were inside the home.

He told firefighters he had heated the residence with propane tanks for 15 years and while changing tanks the tank “blew up,” according to the report. One week after the fire, several tanks were visible outside the charred residence.

The trailer was a total loss and the fire caused $5,000 in damages to the structure and $1,000 to the contents, the report said.

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