Exploding trailer fire a 'miracle'

Firemen save coffee house after trailer bursts into flames in front

Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said it was a miracle that the American Coffee House on Highway 31 wasn't engulfed in flames Monday night when a 24-foot utility trailer full of household furnishings and 5 gallons of black powder caught fire and exploded within 10 feet of the building.

Stanton said the Flomaton Police Department received a 911 call at 8:02 p.m. in reference to an 18-wheeler on fire in from of American Coffee House.

Stanton said he was the first on the scene and saw the trailer fully-involved in flames. Stanton asked the driver what was inside in the trailer and was told ho...