Trailer fire displaces couple, dog

May 8, 2020

A fire destroyed a mobile home in the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park, displacing a couple and their dog and causing a section of Cranberry Highway to be closed for about an hour.

The fire engulfed much of the trailer at about 4:15 p.m., causing plumes of black smoke to overshadow the area. Onset Fire crews with assistance from Wareham Fire had the flames largely extinguished shortly before 5 p.m.

Dennis Cain and Kathy Watson, the owners of the home, were on their way home from work when they heard that their trailer was on fire.

“It’s messed up,” said Cain. “I come home from work and I get this. My trailer’s gone.”

The couple had no idea what could have caused the fire.

Their dog, Sergeant, was home at the time.

Corner was on his way home after his shift when he saw the smoke in the skies above Cranberry Highway. He found out a home was on fire, and headed to the scene to help out. Neighbors had forced the door open, and Corner immediately entered the building to see whether there was anyone inside. 

He found Sargeant, the German shepherd, and brought him outside to safety, and kept dispatchers updated over the radio. 

“Chris jumped into action even after working a double shift on patrol. He is an excellent police officer who gives 100 percent all of the time,” said Chief John Walcek.

According to the Onset Fire Department, the home is a total loss, and several nearby buildings sustained minor damage from the heat.

The fire posed a threat to several nearby trailers and the Silver Lake Motel, but it was quickly contained by firefighters who spent several hours on the scene, extinguishing hot-spots and ensuring the fire was completely out.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, authorities do not believe it was suspicious.