Four homes destroyed or damaged in Palm Springs fire

Firefighters stop flames from spreading further into the Ramon Mobile Home Park

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A fire at a Palm Springs mobile home community destroyed two homes early Thursday morning while leaving two other homes badly damaged.

Firefighters were called to the Ramon Mobile Home Park on the 400 block of East Ramon Road just west of South Sunrise Way at 3:37 a.m.  

Residents in the community say one of the destroyed homes was owned by Canadians who only visit during the winter months. Another damaged home was owned by people who were on vacation.

Two units were occupied by full-time residents who grabbed their pets and got out safely.

One of those homes was destroyed, the other badly damaged.

Cathedral City Firefighters were called in to help put the flames out.

One resident was said to be distraught after leaving his home only with his dog and his wallet.  

Firefighters reported containing the fire at 4:12 a.m.  

No injuries were reported, and there was no word on a cause of the fire early Thursday.

News Channel 3's Samantha Cortese reported that people could see and smell the smoke from several miles away.

Firefighters spent much of the morning putting out hot spots and checking for any hazards which could pose a danger to residents and other firefighters.

A mobile home park manager said he was thankful for the fire department's fast response.

He and many neighbors were concerned about the fire spreading because of the tightly-spaced units and the many palm trees that line the park, all potential fuel for a fire if dry winds picked up. 

Stay with News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 News for updates.

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