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Family displaced after their mobile home goes up in flames

CUYAMA VALLEY, Calif. - A family of five is without a place to live after their mobile home caught fire at Grimmway Farms. The farm is located at 1820 Highway 166 in the Cuyama Valley.

Santa Barbara County Fire crews responded to the incident at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a single wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames, according to Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson.

Multiple power line wires were down in the area due to a tree falling, and a 500-gallon propane tank was located just 20 feet away from the structure and was in danger of exploding. Firefighters worked very quickly using large amounts of water to cool down the tank in order to prevent an explosion.

There were two adults and three children living at the mobile home that were displaced because of the fire. They are now being assisted by the Red Cross, according to Eliason. One employee was left with minor injuries after the incident.

Eliason said the fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes.

Due to the vast amount of water used to cool down the propane tank, there was a significant amount of water runoff heading towards the power lines that were down. Eliason said firefighters also worked very quickly to prevent the water from reaching the power lines in order to minimize the risk of electrocution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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