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October 26, 2010

Fire destroys Plattsburgh home

PLATTSBURGH — Fire destroyed a mobile home on Pleasant Ridge Road Tuesday evening.

The blaze at 78 Pleasant Ridge Road most likely started in the basement of the home, Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said.

"It suffered heavy smoke and heat damage," Day said. "The family salvaged some things from the living room, but it's not livable."

Day said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The homeowner, Jim Macey, 44, and his wife, Diane Macey, 53, were at camp when the fire erupted. Their dog was with them, and no one was injured.

Mr. Macey said he has insurance on the home, and he and his wife will stay with his mother, who lives right down the street.

Their son, who lives directly across the street, reported the fire at about 5:30 p.m. when he discovered it upon coming home from work. He called his parents immediately afterward.

Day said firefighters responded by about 5:34 p.m.

The front of the structure looked unscathed, but white smoke was still rolling from the back of the white mobile home at about 7 p.m.

"There was a pretty good column of smoke coming from the rear," Day said.

"The fire was a little stubborn because some of it was in the basement, and those (basement fires) can be difficult. But generally, everything went pretty well," he said of firefighters' efforts.

South Plattsburgh Fire Department responded first, and the Plattsburgh City Fire Department and the Peru Fire Department provided mutual aid.

CVPH ambulance and the District 3 Fire Department were on standby.

Day said about 35 firefighters were on the scene along with four engines, a latter truck and a rescue vehicle.

Traffic was blocked on Pleasant Ridge Road from Abenaki Road to Ball Street for the duration of the fire.

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