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Condemned mobile home destroyed by blaze

ARCATA- Arcata Fire Protection District and the Arcata Police Department are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a condemned mobile home in the Valley West neighborhood.

The fire ignited Sunday night for unknown reasons and spread to the neighboring home and threatened another.

The home was already condemned after catching fire months before. Fire Chief Desmond Cowan said there was no one living at the home and said it had no electricity. The district is investigating the cause of the fire with the Arcata Police Department.

"We look for everything from what was happening in the immediate area to the amount, color and character of the smoke that was originally seen," said Cowan. "It's those details that tell the whole story and give us the clues we need to figure out what occurred."

There was a family living in the home adjacent that was damaged. That house had moderate to major damage. Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.

Arcata Fire was originally dispatched to the incorrect address, and arrived shortly at the home on fire at 5136 Monterey Drive. A total of four engines and 20 fire personnel responded. Humboldt Bay Fire and Blue Lake Fire assisted at the scene.

Crews were dispatched to the home two minutes after being dispatched to a vegetation fire near Clam beach that burned 1/2 an acre and threatened no homes. One Calfire helicopter and engine along with one AFPD engine.