By: Julia Deng
WEST ODESSA - Officials declared a mobile home near University Boulevard and Love Drive a total loss after a fire of unknown origin consumed the trailer Monday afternoon.
No injuries were reported.
Jimmy Ellis, the West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief, said the blaze was "suspicious" because nobody appeared to be living in the trailer, which has gone up in flames multiple times.
"We're pretty certain somebody set the fire, intentionally or not," Ellis told NewsWest 9.
"We've had at least three or four fires in that trailer. We've saved it every time until this one. There just wasn't anything to save by the time we got there on this one."
It wasn't clear if anybody had a motive to intentionally set the fire.
Officials were unable to confirm who may have been inside the trailer recently.
"One of the neighbors was telling somebody they thought it was a meth house," said Ellis.
"We don't know that for sure, but it just makes our lives miserable because [that means] we can't get anywhere near the smoke. If there's a possibility of [methamphetamine inside a burning structure], you sure don't want to get anybody in the smoke."
However, Ellis said it was still "challenging" to safely put out the fire due to their shortage of volunteers.
"We used all of West Odessa's fire equipment and also needed four additional units from the city."
Only four volunteer firefighters were at the West Odessa station when the fire started.
Ellis said they are "actively seeking" new recruits.
Anybody interested in volunteering is welcome to attend their weekly meetings, held every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at 2757 N. Tripp Ave.