12 mobile homes destroyed after a propane tank explosion in McIntosh County

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 2/01 2:04 am Published: 1/31 8:41 pm

On Saturday morning, fire investigators will try to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed 12 mobile homes at the Twin Rivers Estates Trailer Park in McIntosh County.

Several other mobile homes suffered severe damage at the trailer park between Eufaula and Checotah on Highway 150.

FOX23 has learned one firefighter sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene.

Around 7 p.m. Friday night, witnesses heard and felt a large explosion. Andrew Brown and his friends live across the street from Twin Rivers.

"I was sitting there just watch TV and then my trailer just shook," Brown recalled.

Brown and his friends ran to the park and began to knock on doors to get people out of the trailers and eventually they started hearing more explosions from the propane tanks and decided to run for cover. The trailer park had to be evacuated.

Wesley Dawson, the director of McIntosh County Emergency Management, told Fox23 the exploding propane tanks made this a very dangerous situation.

"The propane tanks, when they get to a certain point, they will explode," he said. "It's just like a hand grenade on the order of a hundred times. You have your shrapnel and explosion."

The explosions also help the fire spread from trailer to trailer.

There were no other reported injuries. The park manager told Fox23 that many of the trailers are mostly occupied during the summer and weekends.

It is not known how many people are displaced, but the Texanna fire chief says that The Red Cross is assisting those families.

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