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Mother, Child Escape Albion Fire

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An Albion mobile home, where a mother and her young child lived, was destroyed by a fire Friday morning.

When Albion Fire Chief Scott Hyde got the call for a mobile home fire, he was prepared for the worst.

"They're basically like a chimney, once they get going it's like a straight shot," he said. But thankfully, the two inside got out before the roof collapsed.

"Basically she woke up to the sounds of the child crying, when she got up she noticed the trailer was on fire and she got the baby and they exited the building," said Hyde. 

Luckily for this family volunteer fire fighters were able to make quick work of the flames, putting them out in about twenty minutes.

In rural places like Albion though, there are no paid fire departments; and a lack in funding and volunteers means they may not always be able to help families like they did in this case.

"During the day especially a lot of the guys have first shift jobs, guys that have second shift jobs have families, they're at home watching kids," said Edinboro Fire Chief Chris Karotko. "I myself have two kids at home and I work a swing shift job so it's very tough."

"A lot of these companies came with one, two, three guys," said Hyde. "At any time one of these departments could fold because they just don't have the manpower or they just don't have the revenue, then what do we do?"

Both Hyde and Karotko are looking to get more people on the job, but you can still support volunteer departments without suiting up.

"Support their fund drives, support their fundraisers because they're not subsidized with anything," said Hyde. 

Another fire extinguished, and another family helped, brings immense satisfaction. These volunteers aren't paid for the job, but there's another form of compensation.

"Just for somebody to say 'thank you,' that's it," said Karotko. You're here to protect the people and help out, and a simple 'thank you' is good enough."

On Knapp Road in Albion, these volunteers got their payment.

"These guys come out here, they give up their time to come take care of this, we're very grateful to have them," said Mark Charles, who owns the property where the mobile home sits. "Thank you very much."

tThe fire is still under investigation, and there's no word yet on what caused the blaze.

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