Structures destroyed, medical emergencies as California wildfire hits mobile home park

by Reuters
Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10 GMT

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (Reuters) - A wildfire that erupted in Southern California on Thursday destroyed structures at a Riverside County mobile home park, where "numerous medical emergencies" were reported, fire officials said.

The Sandlewood Fire, which broke out shortly before 2 p.m. Pacific time, was one of several wildfires burning across California fueled by dry, gusty winds that prompted Pacific Gas and Electric Co shut off power to some 600,000 customers.

The blaze had charred more than 500 acres as of 4 p.m. and was zero percent contained, the Riverside County Fire Department said in a post on its website.

"Multiple structures destroyed and numerous medical emergencies (no further information) inside the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. Threat to railway and power grid," the fire department said.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issues for residents near the mobile home park, fire officials said. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Grant McCool)

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