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Mobile home fire loss put at $105,000
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Fire in a mobile home Sunday morning at the El Rancho Mobile Home Park, Space 38, in the 1800 block of East Yosemite Avenue resulted in a $70,000 loss to the structure and $35,000 to its contents, according to Manteca Fire Battalion Chief David Marques.

El Rancho is located east of the Highway 99 freeway.

It was about 9:30 a.m. when Manteca fire units were dispatched to a report of a structure fire with someone reported being trapped inside the mobile home.  Upon arrival of the first fire unit heavy brown smoke was seen coming from the rear of the structure. The resident was found outside the building.

A quick check by the battalion chief   showed the rear of the mobile home near the heating unit was fully involved in flames that appeared to be spreading to the interior and the attic.  A full call back of off duty personnel was ordered and incoming fire suppression units were directed to specific locations in fighting the fire.

Chief Marques said a quick and aggressive fire attack was made through the front of the structure in coordination with the exterior attack and vertical ventilation.  Fire crews reportedly encountered heavy black smoke throughout the structure with fire reaching the rear bedrooms. As the fire was being extinguished salvage operations began with the removal of undamaged contents and furnishings in the home.

“The fire was quickly brought under control, containing the direct fire damage to the bedrooms,” Marques said. “The entire structure sustained heavy smoke damage.”

Evidence indicated the fire started in or near the heating unit at the rear of the mobile home, the chief noted.

There were 23 firefighters called to the scene including units from Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department, two units from the Manteca District Ambulance and the Manteca Police Department.