The fire that consumed a mobile home on Old Highway in Mariposa on Tuesday afternoon was at first thought to have resulted in a fatality.
But according to Mariposa County Fire Department deputy chief Jim Middleton, the people who owned the home were stuck in traffic on Old Highway and couldn’t get to officials to let them know that they were all right.
Middleton said that Old Highway was completely closed to all traffic between the time the fire broke out at 12:41 p.m. until about 4 p.m.
The fire completely consumed the double-wide mobile home located at 4090 Old Highway. Two acres of vegetation, an old bus being used as a residence and two outbuildings were also destroyed.
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An investigator was still on the scene Wednesday, and there was no estimate of the monetary damage to the structures.
Cal Fire sent about 10 engines and two air tankers to the fire, while the Mariposa County Fire Department sent four engines and four patrol cars.
"If this would have happened a couple of hours later, when the wind picks up, it would have been a lot worse," Middleton said. "That's what we were preparing for."
The fire was completely contained at 4 p.m.
-- Carol Reiter