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Neighbors hear explosions after Vancouver mobile home fire

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Vancouver.

The fire broke out just after 6 p.m. Friday at the Fair Oaks Estates off Northeast 121st Avenue.

Several neighbors told FOX 12 that they heard three loud explosions shortly after the fire started at a single-wide mobile home across from the estate's clubhouse. A huge plume of black smoke filled the air, they said.

The explosions were caused by three small propane tanks similar to the kind someone would use on a barbecue, investigators said.

The flames caught a shed on fire next door before crews were able to get the fire under control, investigators said.

Two people living inside the home heard their smoke alarm go off and got out, the estate's manager told FOX 12. Two dogs also got out safely, he said. No one was injured.

The man living inside the home had a cast on his leg, so neighbors were amazed he got to safety so fast, they said.

"When it went boom, the fire just blew with the black smoke. And I got sick. Absolutely sick. This is not a good thing," said Moe Lowry, who lives nearby. 

"Accidents like this can happen, and you don't know when it's gonna happen," said neighbor Frank Smith. "I'm just glad they weren't in bed back there. 'Cause that's their bedroom and they weren't in bed yet. They wouldn't have come out of it 'cause it just took that whole back out."

Several residents told FOX 12 that the mobile home park's fire hydrants are not in service, so the fire department had to bring in a water tender to help get the fire under control.

Investigators think the fire started toward the back of the property, they said. An exact cause is not known. 

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