An explosion at what appeared to be a pre-HUD Code mobile home located in a manufactured home community was caught on a police dash camera.
The explosion occurred at the Cypress Mobile Home Park, in Cypress CA, near Los Angeles.
Police not only caught the incident on camera, but first responders also save an occupant of that home.
“It was very dark smoke coming out of every window at this point,” said Officer Melissa Grove from the Cypress Police Department, per KABC. Three different versions of the video are posted below.
Neighbors said one man had already been burned, while another was alongside the home attempting to douse the flames. With the fire burning out of control – heroically – officers went in to get him out.
“We pulled him. He was hanging on to something very tightly, and that broke, and we got him out right before it blasts,” Grove said.
“It was really shocking, especially when you’re not expecting it,” said Officer Ed Pastor from the Cypress Police Department.
Orange County firefighters said it was oxygen tanks inside the dwelling that caused the explosion. Firefighters were able to douse the flames before they spread to any other neighboring homes.
The Take Aways
Industry professionals have numerous possible lessons to learn from this story.
- The local media’s report appears to be accurate in saying that the residence involved was a true ‘mobile home,’ meaning a unit built before the HUD Code for manufactured housing went into effect.
- The neighboring homes appear to have been manufactured homes, as dash cam video seems to indicate.
- As MHLivingNews and MHProNews have often reported, true mobile homes or even older trailer houses are more susceptible to fire than manufactured homes, which are perhaps a bit safer against fire than conventional housing, according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) research.
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