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Fire destroys mobile home in Sunnyside Saturday

A fire of mysterious origin destroyed a mobile home Saturday as it was being installed at a mobile home park in the 400 block of Maple Avenue in Sunnyside.

"The power and water were not hooked up yet. There was no obvious reason why it should have started where it did," said Lloyd Hazzard, Deputy Chief of the Sunnyside Fire Department.

The fire, which flared up in the den of the double-wide home as it was being moved into a space at the park, is being investigated by Sunnyside police, according to Hazzard.

About 22 paid and volunteer firefighters responded to the alarm, which was received at 3:28 p.m. Nov. 26. Although there was a five-minute response to the alarm, the home, valued at $50,000, was a total loss.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to an adjacent home, but heat caused about $1,000 damage to it.

The owners of the destroyed home, who were staying with friends while they awaited delivery of the home, are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Sgt. Joe Guillen, the investigating police officer, said his department was attempting to locate possible witnesses and/or suspects.

"Apparently some kids were observed in the area shortly before the fire. We don't know if they were involved, but that's what we're pursuing now," said Guillen.

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