A Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed a double-wide mobile home, damaged a residential conversion and adjacent trailer, damaged four cars and killed two dogs. Fortunately, nobody was hurt or killed in the fire at the Golden Wheels Homestead Trailer Park, 3700 Collins Road, which broke out at 2:05 p.m.
The fire caused damage mounting to approximately $100,000, said Ceres Fire Department Captain Joseph Spani.
Firefighters quickly arrived and began an attack on the fire and began protecting neighboring structures to the west by dousing them with water. As they worked on the fully involved structure fire, a plume of black smoke caused traffic to back up on nearby Highway 99.
The fire also destroyed a row of mailboxes serving park residents which were perched atop a wooden support within feet of the mobile home’s southern face.
Two families were displaced and offered temporary housing assistance by the Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Stanislaus County Regional Fire Investigators Unit.
The fire was dispatched as a commercial structure for some unknown reason, sending two ladder trucks instead of one to the park, said Spani. Responding were five fire engines, two Ceres Fire battalion chiefs and four units from Modesto Fire and two units from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District.