Mobile home park fire damages four structures, no injuries reported

A fire that reportedly started at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 in the 800 block of West 15th Street damaged four buildings, according to fire officials.

Streets were closed to traffic in the area of 15th Street and Placentia Avenue and 15th Street and Monrovia Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

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Photos courtesy of NBFD

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Firefighters search through the remains of one of the buildings damaged in the structure fire

According to Newport Beach Fire Captain and Arson Investigator Ty Lunde, the fire started as a result of an outdoor cooking malfunction. A resident noticed a fire near the propane line that found its way back to the fuel source and ignited combustibles nearby.

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Fire crews from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach responded

According to Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, “Fire crews from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach arrived on scene quickly as multiple reports came into our dispatch system. The smoke column was visible from miles away. Crews made quick work of obtaining a water supply and stopping the spread of the fire. That mobile home park does not have fire hydrants inside the park making it very challenging to access a reliable water source to combat active fire that is spreading quickly due to the density of the mobile homes.

“Four units sustained damage mostly due to their close proximity to where the fire had erupted. Our first priority is always life safety, so I can’t say enough about the aggressive nature our firefighters took in clearing all involved and adjacent structures while also fighting the fire.”

According to Boyles, they requested a Hazardous Materials response unit from Huntington Beach Fire Department out of an abundance of caution because some of the runoff water had a milky white appearance to it. It was determined to be household paint and was collected by city crews to minimize any environmental hazards.

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The Huntington Beach Fire Dept. Hazardous Materials unit arrived on scene

A Newport Beach city official reported that the Newport Beach Building Department red tagged three units (the fourth building affected was a utility shed).

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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