Arson fire investigated in Nokomis

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013 6:07 pm | Updated: 7:52 pm, Sat Aug 24, 2013.

NOKOMIS--Carolyn Wojtczak doesn't have much left after a fire destroyed her mobile home early Saturday morning. And what she does have, she's not letting go of.

Says she woke up to go the bathroom, and then realized her entire trailer was going up in flames.

"I tried to put it out with the one fire extinguisher that we had and I couldn't get it out," said Wojtczak.

Hearing her screams, neighbors ran outside to help.

"I grabbed my garden hose, and a fire extinguisher and my wife was on the phone to 911," said neighbor Norman Wright, "and it was certainly to no avail."

And trapped inside the burning trailer, thirteen cats.

"I ran back in the back door after I ripped it open trying to save some cats but I couldn't," said Wojtczak.

In the end, only four were saved and authorities say this fire was no fluke.

That's because Wojtczak's tires were slashed and her main water pipe destroyed.

"For somebody to come in, and slash the tires, break the water pipe so they have no source of water, and then set fire to a pile of things that they were in the process of moving elsewhere is just awful," said friend Linda Langley.

Now left with just four cats and a few charred odds and ends, Wojtczak needs a lot; not the least of which, are answers.

"I hope that we can get another place to stay because we lost our wallets, our money, everything," said Wojtczak.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
83°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
85°
Details

Today

weather
83°
Details

Today

weather
86°
Details
Cool Today
Sunset Dodge
 

Free Classifieds

Share your event with us >

Important Dates

 

Entertainment

pause