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Alert neighbor helps woman escape mobile home fire in north Auburn

An elderly woman escaped a fire in her home at River Mobile Estates early Thursday morning. - Courtesy photo/VRFA
An elderly woman escaped a fire in her home at River Mobile Estates early Thursday morning.
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A neighbor who reportedly spotted a fire while taking his garbage out Thursday morning is being credited for helping an 89-year-old woman escape from her burning mobile home in north Auburn, the Valley Regional Fire Authority said.

According to witnesses, the neighbor banged on the door of the double-wide mobile home to alert the woman of the fire, which began around 6:42 a.m. in The River Mobile Estates, 3611 I St. NE.

When she answered the door, he helped her safely outside, the VRFA reported.

The neighbor reportedly saw smoke and flames coming from the home when he was putting his garbage out to be collected. The man left The River Mobile Estates campus sometime after helping the woman, and fire investigators have not yet been able to make contact with him.

The fire likely began in the carport and extended to the home, according to fire investigators. The exact cause is undetermined at this time, with the fire causing approximately $100,000 in damage. The home is considered a total loss.

The resident is staying with family members.

VRFA personnel received the dispatch to the report of heavy black smoke and flames coming from the mobile home. Multiple neighbors and a passerby called 911.

When firefighters arrived, they found half the home engulfed in flames and the resident safely outside.

Crews from three fire engines and a medical aid unit quickly extinguished the fire. Firefighters protected adjacent mobile homes from damage.

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