Mobile home burns south of Fresno

The Fresno BeeMay 9, 2014 

Fresno firefighters work to keep a mobile home fire from spreading in nearby debris at 3087 S. Elm Ave. on Friday, May 9, 2014.

About 20 firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home fire on the southeast corner of Elm Avenue and North Ave just inside the Fresno County line at 7:10 p.m. Friday, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Chris Bump said.

Bump said the fire was well underway when firefighters arrived. They were able to keep the blaze contained to the mobile home and surrounding vegetation. Windy conditions, Fresno's ongoing drought and a high concentration of debris near the home contributed the fire's rapid spread, Bump said. He stressed the importance of clearing debris from yards to help curb the risk of fire.

It is not clear how the fire started; an investigation is being conducted.

Three people were helped to safety when firefighters arrived. No one was injured in the fire, but the mobile home was completely destroyed. Bump said that the American Red Cross will be notified if they need assistance with housing.

Pacific Gas & Electric was at the scene to repair several downed power lines. Bump said it is unclear if the fire or the windy conditions brought them down.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441- 6015 or at rappleton@fresnobee.com.

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