Jul 25, 2013 8:22 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Fighting a fire at an RV park: Faced with a water issue

Two people were displaced after a fire broke out Wednesday in an RV and mobile home park in rural Paso Robles.

The fire broke out just before 4:00 p.m. along the 1900 block of Adelaida Road.

When CAL FIRE arrived on scene there was a water supply issue, so it took longer to put out the flames.

The park is a few miles out of town, so the owner of Resthaven RV and Mobile Home Park is responsible for having water on the property in case of a fire.

The problem was, there was no water. Firefighters who responded said the water was filled with mud, so they had to go a few miles down Nacimiento Lake Road to get water from a hydrant by the cemetery.

Fire trucks do carry water, but it was not enough.

"In the rural parts of the county it is very common to not have a water source," said Ben Rodriguez, a CAL FIRE engineer. But in this case, firefighters expected to have access to water.

San Luis Obispo County does have two water tenders, basically trucks that carry 1,500 gallons of water. One tender is stationed in Creston and the other is at the airport in San Luis Obispo.

CAL FIRE ordered one of the tender trucks to help fight the RV fire, but it was not close to the area, so response time was delayed. Eyewitnesses told KSBY they saw firefighters making multiple trips down the road to get water.

KSBY made multiple calls to the owner of the park, who did not return any calls.

The Department of Housing and Community Development, which is a state agency, is in charge of inspecting RV and mobile home parks to make sure everything is up to code. The agency said Thursday, Resthaven was last inspected in June 2011, and at that time there were some violations. The owners of the park fixed the problems within 30 days.

An inspector from the Department of Housing and Community Development will re-inspect the park. According to the agency, if there are any problems that don't get fixed within 30 days, the park could lose its license.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but eyewitnesses told KSBY the fire started when a man was barbequing next to his fifth wheel and it somehow spread to his trailer and then to his neighbor's mobile home. CAL FIRE said both structures were destroyed.



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