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Fire destroys Yorktown mobile home

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 19, 2012 at 5:19 a.m.
Updated Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.


Yorktown Police Chief Paul Campos doesn't know a lot about Joe Guzman.

"I'd see him walking to the doughnut shop and back to his trailer," said Campos. "I don't think he was working, as far as I know. He was a bit of a loner."

Guzman, 62, lost his home early Wednesday morning when fire destroyed his small mobile home.

"He told us he was sleeping and heard something pop underneath," said Darryl Borth, chief of the Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department. "When we got there, the residence was fully involved. It was a total loss."

Borth described the residence at 624 West St. as a recreational vehicle.

"It was small and mostly fiberglass. It didn't take long for it to burn," Borth said.

An adjacent mobile home suffered some burn damage on the outside and some smoke damage inside.

The resident of that mobile home, Jesse Marin, has already returned to his home, Borth said.

The call came in at 12:28 a.m., and firefighters were on the scene about two hours, said the fire chief.

Guzman was given food, money and a hotel room for three days, said Linda May, emergency services director for the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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