A family of five evacuated safely, and the American Red Cross
has stepped in to help ease their troubles.
Five occupants of a mobile home in the first block of Chestnut Lane in the Mission Oaks community escaped their burning residence uninjured around midnight, said Interim Fire Chief Fred Cheshire.
“The fire started on the exterior in some stored items,” said Cheshire. “The items and a vehicle in the carport were well involved by the time we arrived, and the fire had reached the exterior wall.”
Cheshire reports that the fire crew did an excellent job of “maneuvering an attack line to continue an offensive attack,” which means they got inside the house and used fire hoses to extinguish the blaze around the hole it had burned into the home and they “fight it back to its point of origination.”
The home’s residents were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector, and a man in the house got everyone out and called 911.
Cheshire stressed the importance of a smoke detector, noting there was a bedroom in the vicinity of the fire.
The initial call came to the fire department at 11:56 p.m., and fire crews cleared the scene at 3:20 in the morning.
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