Event to collect donations will be held at the park’s clubhouse at 3015 E. Bayshore Road on Monday, from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available
Donations sought for victims of Redwood City mobile home park fire
By Diana Samuels
Daily News Staff Writer
The operators of a Redwood City mobile-home park are seeking donations to help a single mother and four children displaced by a fire this week.
Jennifer McGrath and her children — a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy — escaped from their mobile home at the Harbor Village Mobile Home Park when a fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, mobile home park and fire officials said.
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The McGraths’ house is “gutted” and the family “lost everything,” park manager Dorsa Koon said.
“In the front there’s no walls or anything,” Koon said. “It’s gone.”
To help the family get back on their feet, management and the park’s homeowners association have scheduled an event to collect donations at the park’s clubhouse at 3015 E. Bayshore Road on Monday, from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
The park will collect cash or check donations, made payable to Jennifer McGrath, as well as household goods, Koon said. Donations can also be dropped off at the mobile home park’s office any day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or left in the rent drop box at the side of the building after hours, Koon said.
“They’re probably starting from scratch,” said J. R. Rodine, a governmental affairs representative for the park.
The park’s owner, Al Engel, as well as DMB Associates, have already made contributions, he added.
The Redwood City Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire, but it started in an area behind the washer and dryer and is considered accidental, Battalion Chief Steve Cavallero said Thursday.
Fire officials said McGrath woke up and smelled smoke. She yelled for her children and a 13-year-old family friend who was spending the night to wake up. The fire blocked McGrath’s path to the children, fire officials said. Her 17-year-old son helped the children escape through a bedroom window. One child escaped through a bathroom window.
The home’s smoke detector did not go off. Fire officials said it was unclear when the detector’s batteries were last changed.
Damage estimates are between $135,000 and $140,000. McGrath’s two cars were also destroyed, Koon said.
The family is staying with relatives, and Koon said McGrath returned to the home with fire officials Thursday to salvage what she could.
“She’s doing OK,” Koon said. “As well as can be expected.”
Bay City News contributed to this report.
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