Fire destroys mobile home

by Kevin Cody and Robb Fulcher
Published February 21, 2008

Flames leapt into the nighttime sky as fire destroyed a mobile home at the Marineland mobile home park near the civic center on Monday. One firefighter suffered a hyper-extended knee and a senior living in the mobile home was taken to a hospital as a precaution, in case she suffered smoke inhalation.

Hermosa Beach Fire Capt. James Crawford got the call at the station at 9:01 p.m.

“I looked out the front doors and I could see the flames in the air already,” he said, estimating the flames’ height at 20 feet.

Firefighters from Hermosa, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach fought the fire, which consumed the mobile home deep inside the park, and burned eves on a neighboring home. In the meantime, firefighters from El Segundo and Torrance moved in to cover the Hermosa fire station.
Firefighters at the site got word that two kids might have been inside the burning mobile home. Paul Hawkins, Scott Durkin, Mark Williams and Brian Grebbien moved in with hoses and found nobody. It was later learned that the report of kids inside the home was a mistake, Crawford said.

Lynn Logar, a neighboring mobile home resident, called the Fire Department after she heard windows popping, looked outside and saw the flames. She saw the older woman come out of the home, and she asked two visitors to move their parked cars to make way for fire engines.

Another neighbor opened a gate to let a dog escape the burning home, and a passing couple held onto the dog so it would not run away. Firefighters knocked down the flames, and the owners of the home -- a daughter and son-in-law of the older woman -- arrived as the firefighters were still at work.

Cause of the fire is under investigation. ER