FARMINGTON — Investigators suspect an arsonist started a blaze that destroyed two mobile homes off South Butler Avenue early Tuesday morning.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said police identified a suspect, but that person's identity was not released Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the intersection of South Butler Avenue and Poplar Street after midnight Tuesday, and two mobile homes and another structure were engulfed in flames, Battalion Chief Nick Mrzlak said.

No one was living in the mobile homes and the structures didn't have utilities, he said.

Two mobile homes were destroyed in a fire early Tuesday morning in Farmington.
Two mobile homes were destroyed in a fire early Tuesday morning in Farmington. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)

Rosemary Elze, who lives next to the burned homes, which her family owns, said she was sleeping and heard a loud boom. She got out of bed and then fell to the ground.

"I passed out, and I can't tell you what happened," she said Tuesday.

Elze said a police officer, firefighters and a woman helped her from her home, and she saw 40-foot flames engulfing the two trailers.

Elze said her granddaughters had recently been staying in the trailer and the family was using the trailers as storage.

"Any time there's an unoccupied home and fire breaks out it could be deemed as suspicious," said Farmington Fire Chief Terry Page.

On Sept. 4, flames engulfed vines lining fences outside of trailers off East Murray Drive. Property was damaged in that fire, which was across the street from the fire early Tuesday.

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.