SPRING VALLEY MAN BURNED RUNNING THROUGH FLAMES TO ESCAPE MOBILEHOME FIRE

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March 12, 2013 (Spring Valley)--San Miguel Fire District Firefighters responded to a fully engulfed mobile home fire tonight at Avalon Estates in the 1200 block of Grand Avenue, Spring Valley.

Two of the family’s four residents were home when the fire broke out. One resident, a female broke a bedroom window and escaped the flames, said Leonard Villareal, public information officer at San Miguel Fire Department. The other person home, a young man suffered severe to moderate burns over an estimated 25-percent of his body as he ran through the flames to escape from the front door. He was given stabilizing care on the scene and then rushed to the UCSD Burn Center.

Neighbors did report hearing smoke alarms sounding. The double wide mobile home was constructed with two doors, but one was blocked with an upright freezer, preventing it from being used as an exit.

In addition to CAL FIRE/San Miguel Fire District Firefighters, crews from San Diego and Lemon Grove responded to help keep the damage to a single unit.

Damage was estimated at $100,000 for structure loss and contents. Cause remains under investigation. The San Diego Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family with their immediate needs.