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2 fires in one month at Esperance mobile home park


Firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home park fire in Esperance, the second there in July.

A second fire in less than a month at Ridge Acres Mobile Home Park did not cause any injuries, but the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office estimated the loss at more than $400,000 to the structure, two cars and two motorcycles.

The park is at Edmonds Way and 232nd Street SW in Esperance.

South County Fire was dispatched to Ridge Acres Mobile Home Park at about 4:30 p.m. July 26, where a fire raged in a building housing a printing business and an apartment. Smoke could be seen from various locations in Edmonds.

According to South County Fire spokeswoman Leslie Hynes, an apartment resident was working on a vehicle that caught fire in the carport. He tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, but the fire was too big.

He called 911 and alerted a woman and two children in the apartment, who left safely. Three adults and four children, ranging in age from 6 to 13, lived in the apartment and were displaced by the fire. They do not have insurance and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.

“The fire went to a second alarm mostly because of the heat,” Hynes said. “With this hot weather, we need to be able to rotate crews out of the fire more frequently to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration.”

Shoreline Fire and Northshore Fire assisted.

“We had a fire in the clubhouse at this same mobile home park earlier this month,” Hynes said. “Fire investigators were unable to pinpoint the cause of that, but believe it was accidental. The two fires are unrelated.”

The earlier fire, on July 8, caused $160,000 in damage to a clubhouse and sent one man to the hospital.


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