Sacto 9-1-1
January 6, 2012
Man dies in mobile home fire in Pollock Pines

Fire officials are investigating the cause of an early morning fire at a mobile home park in Pollock Pines in which a 68-year-old man died and his wife was injured.

The El Dorado County Coroner's Office this afternoon confirmed that the man found dead in the mobile home was John Harlan, said Battalion Chief Mike Pott of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District. He said Harlan's wife, Virginia, was taken to Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns, and released.

Firefighters were called to the Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park at 24 Hub St. at 12:19 a.m. The mobile home park is across the street from a district fire station. Medics arriving at the Hub Street address reported that fire was visible through the front door and flames were coming out the rear windows of the single-wide mobile home.

Virginia Harlan was found outside at the bottom of the front stairs, and she reported that one person was still inside. Firefighters found John Harlan dead in the hallway.

Pott said officials are awaiting results of an autopsy and further investigation before drawing a conclusion about the cause of the fire.

"We're still waiting for pieces of the puzzle to come together," he said.

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