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Carbondale fire investigating abandoned trailer blaze

Carbondale Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hertz observes a mobile home fire at Malibu Village Mobile Home Park on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Carbondale. (Jacob Wiegand | @JacobWiegand_DE)

Carbondale Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hertz observes a mobile home fire at Malibu Village Mobile Home Park on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Carbondale. (Jacob Wiegand | @JacobWiegand_DE)

By Bill Lukitsch

Firefighters are investigating what caused an abandoned trailer to catch fire Sunday afternoon at a mobile home park near the southern edge of Carbondale.

About 3 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire in the Malibu Village Mobile Home Park at 2441 S. Illinois Ave. When crews arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed and flames were seen coming from the windows and doors, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hertz.

No one was found inside the trailer and no injuries were reported, Hertz said.

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Carbondale Fire Captain Mike Rishel responds to a mobile home fire at Malibu Village Mobile Home Park on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Carbondale. (Jacob Wiegand | @JacobWiegand_DE)

Hertz estimated the value of the home between $2,000 and $3,000. He said said there was no immediate indication of foul play, but the cause remains under investigation.

The fire was under control after abut 20 minutes and crews left the scene about 5:30 p.m., Hertz said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Campus editor Bill Lukitsch can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @lukitsbill.

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