A double-wide mobile home was destroyed Thursday morning at Voyager’s Cove Mobile Home Park in Ceres and one firefighter sustained a leg injury as crews battled the blaze.
All occupants got out safely as the fire broke out at 9:10 a.m. When the first Modesto Firefighters arrived the structure at space #28 was fully involved. Quick work saved two adjacent structures that were immediately threatened by the flames.
“Crews went right to work with an aggressive fire attack putting a large caliber hand line into service on involved trailer,” said Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Serpa. “We had additional hose lines that were protecting the exposure. We had a good knockdown. We did searches of all three trailers, made sure all the occupants were out and safe but we were able to contain the fire within about 20 minutes.
“We had a couple of crews that were going through the area heading to some training and they attached to the fire, which was good because we did have a significant amount of fire and it also allowed crews to get on scene faster than they would if they were coming from their home stations.”
The firefighter was injured when his leg fell through the lightweight floor of a trailer. He was treated and released at a local hospital.
There was a report that two dogs perished in the fire.
Two vehicles sustained damage while two were destroyed in the fire.
The fire left four occupants homeless. They were assisted by the Red Cross in finding temporary housing.
A total of seven fire engines, a truck company and two chiefs were involved in operations.
Modesto Fire estimated the loss at $175,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit.
The Voyager’s Cove fire followed a Wednesday evening fire that swept through the Modesto Mobile Village park at 665 S. Seventh Street in south Modesto, destroying five homes and multiple accessory buildings and sheds.
The 7:25 p.m. three-alarm blaze displaced approximately 15 residents who were offered emergency shelter assistance by the American Red Cross.
When the first unit arrived, three trailers were fully involved with multiple other structures threatened. A second alarm was called to bring in Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department.
“Crews had access issues with residents that were trying to get out, you know, driving vehicles up the driveways so our crews had a very, very hard time getting in,” reported Serpa. “We ended up calling the Sheriff’s Department to assist with crowd and traffic control.”
The fire went to a third alarm.
“I think the big takeaway from this is if you have a fire in your complex just stay away from the area, let the fire department do their work. That was one of the biggest issues that we had. Residents that were unaffected were evacuating, causing traffic gridlock in the complex and it delayed us being able to get fire engines in.”
The wind also hampered firefighter’s efforts.
Eleven engine companies, three truck companies and four chiefs were involved in the firefighting effort.