A thick plume of black smoke rose over the South Bay early Monday due to a raging fire at a mobile home park in Chula Vista.
Crews were called to the fire near the intersection of Broadway and F Street at about 6:40 a.m. where flames were shooting from one mobile home unit.
Mariana Carillo, the mobile home park’s manager, said she awoke to screams and immediately called 911 when she saw flames roaring outside her window.
The fire was just east of Interstate 5 and south of state Route 54, sending a smoke tower into the air that was visible during the morning commute.
First responders said the trailer was fully engulfed when they arrived. Before crews could get a handle on the blaze, it had begun to spread to a power pole and two neighboring units.
Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.
Within 20 minutes, crews had subdued flames and the smoke rising above the scene was white.
SkyRanger 7 captured footage of the trailer where the fire erupted, which had a caved-in roof and a blackened interior. The two neighboring units were scorched on the outside but it was not clear how much damage was done.
Carillo said a family with children lived inside the unit. They had moved in about a year ago.
There was no word on what caused the fire.
Less than an hour after the fire broke out, another blaze began at a two-story apartment complex close by.
The Red Cross announced it would open a shelter for those affected by this fire and the other fire at a neighboring mobile home park.
Displaced residents were welcomed at the Otay Recreation Center, located at 3554 Main Street, beginning at noon Monday.
The Red Cross said it would offer “a safe and clean place to stay, food, hydration, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, emotional support and health services,” in a released statement hours after the fires.
The non-profit also welcomed pets thanks to the help of the San Diego Humane Society, which open a pet shelter adjacent to the Otay Recreation Center.
No other information was available.
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Source: NBC San Diego