Provo family homeless after fire destroys their mobile home
Provo Fire and Rescue
PROVO — Giselle Hurtado said there was only one thing on her mind when her mother discovered a fire in the family's mobile home.
"All I wanted to do was just get out, be safe," the 15-year-old said. "You don't really think of anything, like grabbing anything, it's just like it happens really fast."
Giselle, her mother and her 12-year-old sister all safely escaped an electrical fire that destroyed their mobile home early Saturday. Giselle said her mother smelled smoke, got up to investigate and saw a flame near a closet full of shoes.
"We're very fortunate that she woke up to the smell of smoke. That typically doesn't happen," said Provo Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield.
Once the mother, Leticia Quesada, noticed the smell of smoke in her trailer at 850 W. Columbia Lane #29, she alerted her two sleeping daughters. Giselle said her mother first told her to get a bucket of water, but she couldn't see because of the smoke.
They were able to escape the burning home and call for help about 12:15 a.m., Schofield said.
The home is a total loss and the family is receiving temporary shelter from the local chapter of the Red Cross, as they don't have relatives in the area.
"When you see it happen to other people it's like, 'Oh it happened to them,' but when it happens to you it just like hits you real bad," Giselle said. 'It's sad seeing all your stuff gone. It makes you stronger and you realize what you had and appreciate the stuff."
The fire caused about $80,000 in damages. The mobile home, which was about 50 years old, won't be habitable and was not insured, Schofield said.
Investigators believe the fire was caused by faulty wiring in the home. Schofield noted the outdated electrical system, saying the wiring was encased with nylon.
No one was injured in the blaze and three stations assisted to extinguish the flames in less than 30 minutes. The fire was contained to the one mobile home.
Schofield encouraged residents Saturday to install working smoke alarms in every sleeping area of a home, as "that's your earliest warning that there is a problem within your house."
"We are really fortunate this time," he said. "This could have had a much more unhappy outcome."
Contributing: Emiley Morgan
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