Early morning fire erupts at Palm Springs mobile home park

Water an issue fighting fire

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - People who live at the Ramon Mobile Home Park in Palm Springs were startled just after 3:30 a.m Thursday when a fire broke out in the park just south of Ramon Road on the west side of Sunrise Way.

"Yeah, I heard a big boom, it was like, you know, I am in bed, I thought, 'What's going on - ?'" said Ramon Park resident Melissa Wood.

The fire destroyed two homes in the park and damaged two other homes.  Two of the homes were occupied, but nobody was hurt.

"Everything happened so fast.  I don't know what the time frame was -- all of sudden it was just like a fireball and it raced," said Ramon Park resident Rob Zeise.

It took firefighters 35 minutes to get the fire under control.  They might have been faster had water been more accessible.

"We were a little challenged with water supply.  We had to lay approximately 1,200 feet of supply line to get what we needed to extinguish the fire.  It's an older trailer park and our supplies are out on city streets," said Palm Springs Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Loya. 

Just the same, the park is up to code since it opened in the late 1920s before the State Department of Housing required fire hydrants on mobile home park properties.

The department of housing says standards aren't likely to change, although a number of mobile home parks in the Valley don't have hydrants.

Still, Zeise is confident in the wake of the fire, lessons have been learned.

"And if the water is a situation it will be addressed, I am sure.  The people here are very, very good.  We have good management," he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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