Two-alarm fire does heavy damage at mobile home park in Modesto

Three families were displaced Friday when a two-alarm fire ripped through three small apartments at a mobile home park on South Seventh Street in Modesto. No injuries were reported.

Red Cross officials helped the families find clothes, food and a temporary place to stay.

The fire occurred about 11:30 a.m. in the building that houses the main office of Sunrise Village Mobile Home, Cottage and RV Park, just south of the Seventh Street Bridge.

Modesto Fire Battalion Chief Terry Inderbitzen said the main office building also houses small apartments. He said the fire appeared to have started in one of the apartments, which are in the rear of the building.

Fire investigators had not determined the fire’s cause.

The first firefighters to arrive spotted smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building. The flames were also threatening a nearby mobile home.

Officials called for a second alarm due to the strong wind and the threatening flames.

Inderbitzen said it took 26 firefighters about 30 minutes to get the blaze under control.

The fire damage in the main office building was limited to its rear. He said flames scorched the exterior of the nearby mobile home, but the fire never made it inside.

Firefighters also salvaged managerial records and computers inside the main office.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

Ceres and Salida fire departments assisted in putting out the blaze.