Fresno woman involved in mobile home fire calling for change

The horror of a Wednesday night inferno at the Trails End Mobile Home Park in Northeast Fresno looked like it was sparked by an evil force.

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- Tonight a Fresno woman is sharing her harrowing story of facing flames to save her parents from a raging fire. Heidi Phipps ran right into danger as the fire threat in mobile homes at the Trails End Mobile Home Park last night. Action news reporter Gilbert Magallon shares her story of heroism, and the mobile home parks dangerous and deadly history.

GILBERT MAGALLON: The horror of this inferno looked like it was sparked by an evil force.

HEIDI PHIPPS: It was like a nightmare on Elm Street.

GILBERT MAGALLON: But this was no movie set. It was real danger that has happened far too many times at the ill-fated Trails End Mobile Home Park in Northeast Fresno. Heidi Phipps' parents were inside one of the burning mobile homes Wednesday night. Since she lives just across the street from them, she ran to save her loved ones as the fire raged on.

HEIDI PHIPPS: When I came to get my parents out of the house, I felt that heat and I was telling myself, Heidi, just get your parents out, get your parents out.

GILBERT MAGALLON: Wind send embers flying throughout the trailer park and towards her home, she immediately turned her attention to her own family.

HEIDI PHIPPS: When I saw the ashes coming towards my house I said, Anthony, get my child out now, get her out.

GILBERT MAGALLON: In a matter of minutes, three mobile homes were destroyed.

SHANE BROWN: The material of those types of homes, they tend to burn fast. They're smaller units. It holds heat, transfers heat.

GILBERT MAGALLON: Fresno fire officials say in the last year they've responded to the Trails End 10 times. One of those calls was in April. A man was killed after his mobile home caught fire, an additional trailer was also damaged.

HEIDI PHIPPS: When this first fire happened, I thought to myself, what if this happens again. And sure enough, it happened again.

GILBERT MAGALLON: For Phipps, this is the end of Trails End as she plans to move.

HEIDI PHIPPS: This is not a good environment. I think they should shut this place down.

GILBERT MAGALLON: Investigators are still looking into the cause of the recent fire, but believe it could be electrical. Action News reached out to the landlord regarding the fire, but has yet to receive a response. In Northeast Fresno, Gilbert Magallon, ABC30, Action News.