MANTECA, Calif. — A firefight at a mobile home park in Manteca impacted multiple structures and burned one person, Manteca Fire Department said Monday afternoon.
On Facebook, firefighters said they were on scene of a third-alarm structure fire at the Islander Marina Mobile Home Park along Woodward Avenue. The fire spurred some evacuations in the area, however, the evacuations have since been lifted. Around 5:30 p.m., the sheriff's office allowed people to return home.
Deputies said the fire was stabilized and that all persons were accounted for.
Manteca Police Department also temporarily closed West Woodward Avenue at South McKinley Avenue due to the fire.
Lathrop-Manteca Fire District said the fire spread to outbuildings, vehicles and vegetation at the end of Woodward in the mobile park south of Manteca.
ABC10 reached out to the Manteca Fire Department for more information, however, the inquiry was not immediately returned.
“Oh my God, the house is down!”
Alvaro and Hilda Avendano captured the moments when their neighbor's home crumbled to the ground. Rick Larson had lived in the home for 7 years.
"I’ve always was worried about it, ever since I’ve lived here. Fire’s been my nightmare,” Larson said.
Larson said the strong winds fueled the fire, engulfing 5 homes. He knew his neighbor worked late nights and was sleeping and rushed to get him out.
“By the time I got around, I saw the door open and him come flying out naked. And he was burning, not like flames but like hot...,” Larson said.
Larson had some burns himself, but his is praying that his neighbor rebounds. He said his attempt to douse the fire with a garden house was no match for the inferno.
The fire forced the evacuation of the mobile home park and neighboring homes. Alvaro Avendano’s wife captured the fire on video—as he rushed to protect his home roughly 50 feet away from the fire.
“It was really close. For us, it was scary. It was time to pack up,” Avendano said.
Larson said his home was burned down in the fire. His family set up a GoFundMe page to help him get back on his feet.