ISLETON, Calif. (KTXL) — Families who live in an Isleton mobile home park were left houseless and picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed dozens of homes Monday.
Twisted metal, burned cars and entire homes were reduced to rubble after the fire swept through the Rancho Marina Mobile Home and RV Park.
The flames destroyed at least 42 structures, including 16 RVs, and displaced at least 100 people.
Karen Souza was heartbroken as she returned Tuesday morning to find the fire destroyed her home of 17 years.
“It was a nice, little house. I can’t see it no more,” Karen Souza told FOX40.
Her niece and great-niece were in disbelief.
“It’s sad. It was devastating right now, and seeing this … ” Chirelle Hughes said.
On top of the anguish of losing her home, Souza was concerned about the whereabouts of her beloved cat.
“A little, tiny cat. His name is Bear. It’s a girl cat, but I always call it a him,” Souza said.
She said she hopes her cat got away before the flames came through — flames she described as fierce and fast.
“It was the windiest day of the whole year,” Souza said. “We didn’t have time to grab nothing. It just started on the tree, burned my friend’s house, and then got on my house.”
The fire didn’t just tear through the mobile home park. Firefighters spent much of Tuesday putting out active flames in a field to prevent the blaze from reaching neighboring structures.
“It looks like we’re going to be spending another night on this fire to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere else,” explained River Delta Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Hugh Henderson. “With these dry conditions and the wind blowing, we don’t want it to escape on us and go from there.”
At the mobile home park, the damage is done, but Souza was holding out hope that some of their possessions could be recovered.
“The shed is left, that’s the only thing that’s left is the shed,” Souza said. “And I’ve been writing a book since fourth grade, so maybe that’s in their still.”
For those whose mobile home was spared, they will still have to leave as water, sewage and electric infrastructure was destroyed by the fire.
“As of last night, my life changed. I gotta find a new place to live,” said James Higares. “People had their hoses out trying to put it out, and all of the sudden it just took off like a wildfire. Just out of control real fast, jumping roof to roof to roof, and you’re just hoping it doesn’t land on your house. And by the grace of God, it didn’t. Mine survived. And my dog is alive. And I’m alive. So what more can you ask for.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
There are several GoFundMe donation pages set up to help the victims of this fire. See a list of some of them below.
- Help Patsy single mother rebuild from house fire: ”I am fundraising for my sister-in-law Patsy and my 2 nephews Nathan Panelo and Tyler. Unfortunately today they had lost their house and all belongings that they owned due to a fire at the Delta Loop in Isleton Ca.”
- Help Lee & Brian Nunes: “My name is Crystal and yesterday both my parents and little sister lost there houses in a fire in CA. Everything is gone and they made it out with the clothes they had on and the pet dogs. The cats are still missing at this time.”
- Tyler Help us rebuild. We lost everything in a fire: “Everyone lost everything. We have no clothes. I have no laptop for school. We have no shoes. We have absolutely nothing. All I could grab before we left was our animals and my car This is a very hard time we are going through.”
- Help this Family after a Fire: “Hello, my names Andraya, my cousin Sarah, her fiancé Dustin and their two girls lost their home and everything along with it in a fire.”
- Help Krys and Tony recover from wildfire!: “The home was not insured and they have lost everything except the clothing they left with. It will take a village to get them back on their feet.”
- Lost everything in a fire: “Thankfully, they are okay, they got out with the clothes on their back and their puppies. Their entire home burned in a matter of minutes, taking all of their family treasures and memories.”
- Arnold family fundraiser: “Denise and Jerrel Arnold have spent their lives in service to others. Yesterday, they suffered the devastating loss of their home, with their animals who were trapped inside. They are left with nothing physical or monetary and broken hearts from losing Star, Charlotte, Hazel Grace and Jager.”
- Helping Mom With Living expenses: “One of these people being my Mother. Her entire house is gone. The only thing she had time to grab were her animals. Everything collected from this gofundme will be used in homing my mom and her dogs. Her dog is her emotional support dog and losing her dog would only bring more grief her way.”