The two deputies attempted to get to the occupant’s bedroom, but due to the intensity of the fire in front of the trailer were unable to make entry.
Madison Twp. firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. After the fire was out, first responders entered the trailer and found the occupant, Steven C. Strain, 59, on the hallway floor leading from the bedroom to the front door. Madison Twp. Fire Chief Kent Hall said no firefighters were injured while putting the fire out.
The fire was a total loss, according to Hall. He said damage estimate was about $15,000 to the trailer and $2,000 to the contents.
Detectives and the State Fire Marshal’s office were contacted and the Coroner’s Office responded to take possession of Strain’s remains. The suspect was taken to the Middletown Police Department to be interviewed by sheriff’s detectives.
Hall said firefighters responded to the same address at Catalina Trailer Park about six weeks ago. In that fire, Hall said one of the trailer’s rooms had been burned, and the trailer sustained smoke damage.
Recently, three employees of the trailer park were recognized with Lifesaving Awards from the Madison Twp. Fire Department for their action in the Aug. 12 fire.
According to a social post by the fire department, Stephanie Johnson, the park manager, and maintenance employees Iry Reed and Chris Wiggins were able to locate the resident inside the rear door and remove him from the trailer in the Aug. 12 fire.
A message seeking comment was left for Johnson but was not returned by deadline.