LANCASTER – A fire destroyed a trailer and three vehicles in Lancaster Tuesday afternoon.
A puppy also died in the fire, which was reported around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at a rural property on North 65th Street East, near East Avenue I, according to Battalion Chief Larry Tucker of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
“The gentleman here was doing some woodworking outside and had a small smoldering fire start while he was working with some sawdust. He put it out and thought it was out,” Tucker said. “He went inside to eat lunch and heard a small explosion… the fire had reignited.”
Tucker said the fire torched the man’s mobile home, a Chevy Suburban, a Chevy Blazer and another vehicle. Eight units responded, and firefighters were able to keep the fast moving fire from spreading to the man’s adjacent home, Tucker said.
“With this wind pushing the way it was, we could have very easily lost the home. Those guys did an excellent job, I’m very proud of them,” Tucker said. “Water was a complication for us; we had to shuttle water to the site.”
The resident sustained no injuries but lost a pet in the blaze.
“He had three dogs, one of which was a pup that got scared and ran back into the trailer in the back bedroom and died in there,” Tucker said. “The other two we got out.”
The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes but several firefighters were still dousing hot spots after 4 p.m.