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Fire strikes north Santa Rosa mobile home park

  • Santa Rosa firefighters Matt Cox, left and Giulie Miller begin to put out a fire at the Journey's End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa, Thursday Jan. 23, 2014 which destroyed one mobile home and damaged three more. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Fire swept through a senior mobile home park in Santa Rosa on Thursday afternoon, destroying a single-wide trailer, damaging three others and sending thick smoke into the air.

The blaze, which fire officials said caused up to $125,000 in damage, was reported about 1:50 p.m. at Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on Mendocino Avenue.

It appeared to have started in a trailer on Sahara Street, Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Mark Basque said.

Journey's End Mobile Home Park Fire

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Firefighters arrived to find the newly renovated unit engulfed in flames.

Extreme heat ignited a minivan parked in a driveway next door and flames from it jumped to the roof of a neighboring home.

Two additional homes on Paramount Street in back of the trailers also were damaged, Basque said.

Basque said the homes’ light construction made the fire burn fast.

“These things rip,” Basque said. “Once a fire gets established they go up very quickly.”

Firefighters were on scene in five minutes and had it under control in 15 minutes, Basque said.

No injuries were reported.

One was destroyed and another suffered major damage. Firefighters rescued two dogs from it.

Two women renting the trailers were displaced.

Park manager Judy Rivera said they would be provided with other homes in the park, which is for people 55 or older.

Neighbors said the home where the fire started was recently rented to a woman from Lake County who was not at home at the time.

Park resident Robert Morgan said he ran over from the pool when he saw smoke.

The home was completely ablaze, he said.

Initially he feared the woman’s two cats were dead but Basque said they were later found by other residents.

“Everything she owned was right in there,” said Morgan, gesturing to the charred trailer.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com.

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