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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 1:07 pm

HEYBURN – A Heyburn man died Friday after a mobile home he was installing suddenly shifted and fell off cement blocks, pinning the man underneath. The man was working at 428 South 200 West.

Ambulance crews pronounced Heath James Stroud, 35, dead around 5:30 p.m. that day.

According to the police report, Stroud was helping his father Jim Stroud and hired man Abraham Mendoza set up the mobile home shortly before the accident. Concrete blocks placed underneath the house shifted, causing the home to land on Heath and trapping him underneath. One of Heath Stroud’s children was standing next to him during the incident but avoided injury. Heath’s wife was also at the scene. Police didn’t release her or the child’s name in their report.

“Jim (Stroud) got a loader and picked up that side of the mobile home so that they could pull Heath out from under it,” wrote the police report.

After medics arrived, they took over attempts to give Heath Stroud CPR but those efforts failed.

“It’s a really tragic situation,” Minidoka County Undersheriff Vic Watson said.

The original 911 call was answered at the Cassia County 911 center and emergency responders were dispatched to the area south west of Burley. Unable to find the exact address, responders realized that the emergency was actually in Minidoka County. The call was transferred to the Minidoka County Sheriff’s office and medical responders were able to get to the scene shortly thereafter.

It is unknown if the delay in the response had any impact on the outcome of the accident.

Hansen Funeral Home will be handling Stroud’s service.

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