Brothers, friend escape mobile home fire in Mesa

MESA, AZ - Three people are lucky to be alive after a massive mobile home fire in Mesa Wednesday.

The blaze broke out around 4 p.m. in a neighborhood near Center and McKellips streets. 

Carlos Lopez was home with his brother and friend. They just got off working an early morning shift and were taking a nap when the flames broke out. 

"Somehow, I heard the crackling of fire and I thought it was raining for some reason, because I had just woken up from a nap," said Lopez. "There was already a fire blazing, so I ran back inside and I had to wake everyone up."

Once everyone got out safely, crews could only battle the fire from the outside. 

"We quickly went defensive because it wasn't safe for our crews to go inside," said Mesa Fire Captain Brian Darling.  

The quick moving fire demolished the home in just minutes, but crews were able to grab a violin, purse and a few boxes. 

"I believe it's going to be a total loss, unfortunately," said Darling.

The boys' parents and other siblings are out of town on vacation. The boys had to call and let them know there would be no home left when they returned. 

"We've lived here for at least 15 years, so I don't really know what’s going to happen from here," said Lopez.

The boys are walking away with only the clothes on their backs, and a small pile of goods, but thankfully they're alive. 

"We could have still been sleeping," said Lopez. "So, it could have been worse."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A GoFundMe account for the family has since been set up. 

 

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