Trailer home in North Park Campground total loss after fire

A trailer caught on fire on the northeast side of Dickinson Thursday morning on Palomino Lane, where Dickinson firefighters even rescued a cat from the home.

Yellow caution tape wraps around a burnt trailer home Thursday, April 8, 2021, on the northeast side of Dickinson. The home had caught fire at approximately 4 a.m. All three occupants safely evacuated the home, and the Dickinson Fire Department rescued the family's cat safe and sound. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

A trailer home located in the North Park Campground on Dickinson's northeast side was claimed by a fire early Thursday, April 8.

The Dickinson Fire Department received a call, reporting a porch on fire at approximately 4 a.m. at 862 Palomino Lane. A neighbor had alerted the two adults and child who were sleeping inside the home to evacuate, Dickinson Fire Chief Jeremy Prensell said. There were no injuries to any individuals, and while on scene, firefighters rescued a black and white cat who was still alive and soaked from water used by crews to extinguish the flames.

“When we arrived on scene, the fire had extended into the trailer and then (had) gotten into the roof,” Presnell said at the scene.

A ladder with a stream device, deployed by the Dickinson Fire Department, helps extinguish a fire inside a trailer home Thursday, April 8, 2021, located off of Palomino Lane on the northeast side of Dickinson. The Dickinson Fire Department were on scene for approximately 3.5 hours. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson Fire Department)


Dickinson firefighter Ian McGovern (left) hands a soaked black and white cat to fellow firefighter Mitch Baesler after the animal had been found still alive inside a trailer home that caught fire early Thursday, April 8, 2021, on Palomino Lane on the northeast side of Dickinson. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson Fire Department)

Firefighters of the Dickinson Fire Department climb up ladders and assess a fire burning inside a trailer home early Thursday, April 8, 2021, on Palomino Lane on the northeast side of Dickinson. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson Fire Department)

A large teddy bear droops in the yard outside a burnt home Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

Yellow caution tape sealed off the burnt home, as remnants of a home lay strewn in and around the fire's damage. A large teddy bear sat, seemingly resigned to the loss, in the yard of the home as the charred foundation and peeled off insulation revealed the extreme damages.

“It’s a total loss,” Presnell said, noting that the home is worth approximately $50,000. “With trailers, it doesn’t take much.”

A total of 18 fire personnel and six fire trucks extinguished the fire within 30 minutes.

“It was in the roof and (there was) a little bit of trouble getting into it,” he said, adding, “Working smoke detectors save lives. Make sure that when you change your clock, you change your batteries and make sure you do have working smoke detectors in your home. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to call the fire department; we can help out.”

Officials of the Dickinson Fire Department were at the scene for approximately 3.5 hours, and the investigation is still pending.


The American Red Cross was contacted immediately to provide the family with assistance and allow them to stay at a local hotel during this difficult time .

Dickinson firefighters observe a burnt home after they had fully extinguished the fire inside Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Dickinson Fire Department)

Dickinson Fire Chief Jeremy Presnell converses with his fire personnel Thursday, April 8, 2021, on the northeast side of Dickinson near a trailer home that was lost to a fire in the wee hours of the day. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson Fire Department would like to remind the public that Stark County is currently under a high fire rating, and all burning including outdoor/backyard fire pits, fireplaces and chimeneas are prohibited. Gas grills or pellet smokers are allowed.

3/31/2021 ND Rangeland Fire Rating is in the "-🟨-High-🟨-” category: 🟨All burning including Outdoor/backyard fire pits,...

Posted by Dickinson Fire Department on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

For assistance with smoke detectors, contact the Dickinson Fire Department at 701-456-7625. For information on how to prevent fires, or to view maps showing current burn ban restrictions and fire danger levels, visit


Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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