US Daughter learns mother dead after Tubbs Fire destroys mobile home park

02:20  12 october  2017
02:20  12 october  2017 Source:   SF Gate

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The Journey's End mobile home park burns during a the Tubbs fire on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Daughter searches for mother after fires destroys mobile home

Daughter learns mother dead after Tubbs Fire destroys mobile home . Homes are seen burnt to the ground after a fire tore through the Journey's End mobile home park on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct.

Jessica Tunis’s last conversation with her mother, who died in the Tubbs Fire, was terrifying.

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Daughter learns mother dead after Tubbs Fire destroys mobile home . Homes are seen burnt to the groud after a fire tore through the Journey's End mobile home park on Mendocino Anvenue in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct.

Daughter learns mother dead after Tubbs Fire destroys mobile home . Homes are seen burnt to the groud after a fire tore through the Journey's End mobile home park on Mendocino Anvenue in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct.

Linda Tunis, 69, called her daughter at 3:43 a.m. Monday as flames swept through her Santa Rosa mobile home park. She was screaming, Jessica Tunis said Wednesday.

“She called me saying she was trapped and everything was on fire,” Tunis recalled. “I said ‘Let someone see you!’ She’s coughing, coughing, coughing. I’m hearing the smoke alarm go off. I’m trying to help her navigate her house. I’m saying ‘Mom get out! Get out! Run!’”

That’s when the phone cut off.

“It was horrendous,” Tunis, 49, said.

She hadn’t heard from her since, and was holding out hope that somehow her mother had been rescued from her home in the Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove area.

On Wednesday afternoon, Tunis said her brother found their mother’s remains at her burned-down home.

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Daughter learns mother dead after Tubbs Fire destroys mobile home . View of Tubbs Fire damage from SMART trainsfgate. Aerial view of mobile home park , hotel destroyed in Tubbs Firesfgate.

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Linda Tunis was one of hundreds of people reported missing in the fires that have ravaged California’s Wine Country since late Sunday and continue to burn uncontrolled in Sonoma and Napa counties and beyond.

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Jessica Tunis searched dozens of evacuation shelters and hospitals over the past three days with no sign of her mother, and her hopes began to fade.

Linda Tunis settled into the senior mobile home park in January after moving from West Palm Beach, Fla., to be closer to her family. She had health issues, including a failing memory following a stroke and high blood pressure that took her sight in one eye.

Her daughter had been checking in regularly with her, and was concerned when she saw the flames from the Tubbs Fire.

Jessica Tunis manages a senior property in Rincon Valley and had been warning the 44 residents there that they may need to evacuate. The flames sat on a nearby ridge and the wind grew so intense it snapped her patio umbrellas.

She unaware what was happening farther away at her mother’s mobile home park until her phone rang.

“I was telling her I love her when the phone died,” she said.

Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: esernoffsky@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky

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