Bill Linder was standing barefoot on hot asphalt outside his home on Patty Way, in the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, some 12 hours after three neighboring homes were reduced to twisted sheets of aluminum and unrecognizable debris.
“I was wide awake,” he recalled. “I couldn’t sleep. Then it hit. I thought it was a plane crash. It was louder than crap.”
Linder said he was out of the house in a flash, but the house directly across the street “began spurting flames. Everybody got out alive, but there was no water pressure” because of a broken water main.
Linder said when fire trucks arrived, they at first didn’t have a water tender, so efforts to beat back the flames were initially futile.
Another neighbor, Paula Scotland, said when she woke up, “everything was falling, I could hear things falling all around me. Then I heard an explosion-like sound, and I was worried about my neighbor across the street. I could hear her calling for her cat.”