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Linda fire destroys trailer, kills two dogs
The fire took everything Lilly Norris owned.
Flames sparked just before 10 a.m. Saturday at 5774 Montclair Ave. in Linda, gutting the three-bedroom double-wide trailer home where Norris lived for nearly two decades.
Her pet dogs, Gnarly and Buddy, died in the blaze, hiding under a bed. Norris escaped with only the clothes she was wearing.
"This is all my life," Norris said. "There's not a damn thing left."
The home was not covered by fire insurance.
Linda Fire Protection District Chief Rich Webb called the home a total loss and estimated damage at $90,000.
Webb said the fast-moving fire may have started in a front bedroom. The cause remained under investigation.
Fifteen Linda firefighters battled the fire for nearly three hours before the cleanup started.
"Unfortunately, by the time we got there, it was already fully involved," Webb said.
Norris said she was nodding off on her living room couch when she felt something wrong.
"I felt the heat and said 'this shouldn't be this hot,' and I looked up and the curtain between the bedroom and living room was flaming," Norris said. "It all went up in flames so fast."
Norris was living with three relatives. No one was injured.
The family is staying at a motel for the next three days and will then stay with friends and relatives while they begin to put the pieces back together.
"I guess I could've lost my life, so I guess everything is OK," Norris said. "I just got nothing left, but the ground I'm standing on — that's it."