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Neighbors Stunned by Death of Elderly Man at Mobile Home Park

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YAKIMA, Wa -  Neighbors says they worked together in an effort to save the elderly man who died in a mobile home fire in Yakima last night.  News that he did not survive hit them hard today.  They say 76-year-old Don Hubert was well liked by everyone who knew him at the mobile home park.

"I got my shoes on and came running over, pounding on the door," says Susan Crick, a neighbor.

She didn't even know about the fire happening right next door until two young neighbors from down the street woke her up.

"I couldn't see anything.  Black was coming out.  I had to back off," says Crick.

Two other neighbors managed to pull Hubert from the fire by his feet. He was still on fire on the front porch.

"We gave him a blanket.  Everybody tried to pitch in," she says.

All the neighbors did what they could to make Hubert feel comfortable while they waited for an ambulance and firefighters to arrive.

Crick was sure Hubert was going to pull through until she got the call this morning that her neighbor and friend of ten years was now gone.

"He tried to get along with everyone," says Crick, "He did things for you when he could."

The managers at North Acres Mobile Home Park say that Hubert was terminally ill with cancer, but he still liked to walk around the grounds.   They say he had a great attitude about life... and obviously this is a sad, abrupt ending -- even if he only had a little longer to live.