Electrical fire destroys Anderson mobile home

ANDERSON, Calif. - Investigators say the fire that destroyed an Anderson mobile home Tuesday morning was electrical.

A large plume of black smoke from the Carroll lane fire was visible for miles.

Crews from the Anderson and Redding Fire Departments as well as CAL FIRE worked to extinguish flames which destroyed the home.

Tyan Apling was making breakfast for her family who lives on the same property when she heard her dogs barking and realized her aunt and uncle's property was on fire.

"All I seen was flames rippin' up the front of the trailer and the front where the front deck is," said Apling.

With her relatives out of town she says she immediately thought of her 19-year-old nephew who was staying at the house.

"I was so worried that he was sleeping still," she explained.

Her nephew, who said he was watching TV at the time, escaped unharmed.

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Lance Berry said firefighters had a bigger response because of the change in weather.

"Typically in the summer we bump up any response especially structure fire response. Both for the potential for the fire to spot into the vegetation and set the vegetation on fire and also because it's so hot the crews need some additional rehab or relief," Berry explained.

Berry says the home was in a high-risk area, with high, dense trees surrounding it.

"We're in an area here where there's lots of vegetation, good spotting potential here so we're concerned about that," said Berry.

Despite the damages to the home, Apling said things could've been much worse and she's thankful her nephew was OK.

"That's all that matters. A human life you can't get back."

Total damages were listed at $150,000 and although the home was destroyed Berry believes there were a few personal items that were saved.

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