Man injured, 3 dogs killed in mobile home fire

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. – A man is in the hospital after an early morning fire that destroyed a Mesa mobile home and killed three dogs.

It happened Friday at Broadway and Ellsworth roads.

According to a woman who lived in the mobile home, it took Rural Metro firefighters quite some time to get to the scene. Their actual response time was not immediately available.

It’s not clear what sparked the fire, but Rebecca Perez said she woke up just after 4 a.m. to find the home filled with black smoke. She got out just in time.

Perez  said her boyfriend’s 23-year-old son was injured when his father pulled him out of the burning mobile home through a window he had broken. He was taken to a local hospital. He reportedly was being treated for smoke inhalation and some cuts.

Perez  told 3TV the mobile home belonged to her boyfriend’s mother. She said she had just been evicted from her previous home and only moved in the day before the fire.

Perez  said several Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies were on the scene before firefighters got there.

When firefighters did arrive on the scene, they discovered the nearest fire hydrant was across Ellsworth Road. Crews had to lay several blocks of hose that stretched all the way across the street, forcing a closure south of Broadway Road.

Firefighters did not have to wait for that hose to be laid. Their trucks carry about 1,000 gallons of water so they can get down to business as soon as they pull up.

Once on the scene, firefighters immediately went defensive and were able to get things under control relatively quickly.

The mobile home burned to the ground but firefighters were able to keep those flames from spreading to neighboring homes.

Perez said she lost everything in the fire, including her three dogs, two of which she had had for more than 10 years.

“My whole world just went up in flames,” Perez said tearfully.

She believes had the firefighters gotten there sooner, they might have been able to save the dogs.

Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.