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Mobile home fire

An Okanagan family is in shock after their mobile home went up in flames Thursday afternoon in Penticton.

As of Friday morning, they were still waiting to learn the extent of the damage, after a fire started in the back room of the home in the Sun Leisure mobile home park on Skaha Lake Road

"We won't know until we get inside exactly what's been burned," said Sheena Dannessa, who owns the mobile home with her mother. "Right now we are just feeling a sense of real loss."

Dannessa said her two daughters, age 17 and 20, were the only ones home at the time.

The two saw the smoke coming from a back bedroom and ran out without a thing, not even their shoes.

Next door neighbour Donald Crossman said he was at home, when the two showed up and asked to use the phone to call 911.

He said they then went back out on the street to wait for the fire department.

Crossman also used a garden hose to try and prevent the fire from spreading to a large spruce tree in his yard.

"It was just a natural instinct to do that to make sure nothing else burned," he said.

He was also relieved the occupants were alright.

"Almost the whole park was here to help out the family," he said. "It sparked up the day, really."

Dannessa said the family has insurance and are currently staying with other family members.

Their main focus, Friday, was learning the extent of the damage and caring for her daughters, who were shaken up by the incident.

Fire Chief Wayne Williams said when firefighters arrived on scene around 1 p.m. on Thursday, they found heavy smoke in the back corner of the mobile home.

The cause of the fire will be investigated by an insurance company, because the mobile home park is on Penticton Indian Band land, he said.

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