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Blaze destroys mobile home near MHS field

Fire investigators were continuing their investigation into a late Tuesday night fire that destroyed a 12-foot-wide mobile home at 555 Moffat Boulevard. Black smoke and near zero visibility around...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 24, 2014 1:21 a.m.

More than 30 firefighters battled a mobile home fire late Tuesday night attempting to keep the blazing inferno from setting adjacent structures on fire in the 500 block of Moffat Boulevard.

A man and woman living in the mobile home got out of the structure safely without any injuries. The mobile home was in a park located just south of the Manteca High School baseball diamond.

Manteca Fire Battalion Chief Kyle Shipherd said the first of multiple 911 calls came in at 9:45 p.m. He noted visibility was near zero at the fire scene with heavy black smoke and flames coming from the side of the structure. He said strong winds were fanning the blaze that threatened to jump to other nearby residences. The smoke was blown downward and stayed near the ground, he said.

The fire was knocked down and brought under control after some 30 minutes with the help of the mutual aid agencies, he added. Once the fire was out, crews remained on the scene for three hours performing salvage and overhaul operations, he said.

Shipherd estimated the loss to the structure at $80,000 with another $25,000 loss reflected in personal property contents of the mobile home. Preliminary reports as to the cause of the fire pointed to electrical wiring under the floor of the bathroom. 

Manteca firefighters were aided by Ripon Consolidated Fire District, Lathrop-Manteca Fire District, Manteca District Ambulance and the Manteca Police Department.

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