Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire at the Davpam Mobile Home Park in Hillsborough County.
The blaze destroyed a vacant mobile home on Cherry Lane. The flames broke out at around 6 a.m. Monday morning. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue arrived to find heavy smoke and flames ripping through the double wide trailer.
"It's just a single alarm. We had four engines on scene and two of those engines were doing water shuttle operations because there are no hydrants in the area," explained Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Spokesperson Nacole Revette. "Each engine holds 750 gallons of water, so we just use the hydrant that's out at the beginning of the park. It's easier to do that than lay thousands of feet of hose on the ground."
Revette said the mobile home had been unoccupied since the summer. She said the owner of the mobile home park happened to do a routine inspection just last night and found that everything appeared to be fine.
A neighbor reported to investigators that she saw two teenagers near the mobile home around the time the fire started. Monday morning, officials were not calling the fire suspicious, and Revette said that the teenagers may have been park residents simply watching everything unfold.
The neighbor, who is a former firefighter, says the familiar crackling sound of the flames woke her from sleep.
"I looked out the window and saw (the trailer) engulfed. As I'm putting on my shoes, I'm calling 911. I ran over. I got everybody out - banging on the doors - saying 'fire department' - getting everybody out of all the trailers, surrounding this one, that were occupied," Rene Hernandez told FOX 13.
Two mobile homes adjacent to the one that caught fire are vacant also. Revette says there was a fire at one of them some time ago.
No one was injured.
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