Mobile home in 55 and older community in Pleasant Hill destroyed by fire Tuesday night.
March 31, 2016
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PLEASANT HILL — A resident of a mobile home park for people 55 years and older escaped injury when his manufactured home was destroyed by fire Tuesday night.
A park assistant manager has established an online funding site to help the man.
Ken Shewell, 70, has lived in the Bella Casa Mobile Home Park on Edenvale Road for 15 years. He said he dozed off Tuesday night with a fire burning in his fireplace, and when he awoke about 9 p.m., a log had fallen out onto the floor.
Almost immediately, the mobile home was engulfed in flames, after igniting a nearby wicker basket “and then just taking off like a shot,” Shewell said.
“Luckily, I got me and my dogs out, but I lost everything I own,” Shewell said Wednesday. “I don’t have anything. I lost everything, it burnt up.”
Along with Shewell, his four dogs, one bird and a cat escaped without injury. Three other birds are unaccounted for, according to mobile home park assistant manager Karen Reimer, who said she’s hopeful that they flew away safely.
Shewell owns a fifth-wheel trailer that he can live in for the time being, Reimer said. The trailer has been moved into one of the park’s open RV spaces.
But Shewell has 30 days to get his burned-out home out of the park space, or he’ll face paying for two lots — something he can’t afford on his fixed income.
Reimer has started a GoFundMe page for Shewell, in hopes of collecting $3,500 in donations.
The local chapter of the Red Cross helped out with immediate needs, including clothing and medications, but Shewell will need a lot more help to get his life back together, Reimer said.
“The Red Cross has been wonderful in getting him everything he needs, but it’s going to take about $3,000 to get (the mobile home) out of the park,” Reimer said.
Shewell also needs clothing, bedding and other household items, she said.
Those wishing to donate may visit www.gofundme.com/urwrcyjw.