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October 22, 2012

Peru fire destroys home

PERU — A one-story home was destroyed in an early morning fire Sunday.

The 115 Blake Road double-wide mobile home was a total loss, according to Peru Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Williams.

The Peru Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at about 5:47 a.m., he said.

The homeowner, Darlene Burnell, called 911 to report the fire, which began in the living room of the home, Williams said.

Burnell’s boyfriend, whose name was unavailable Sunday, suffered minor injuries and was transported to CVPH for treatment, Williams said. No report on his condition was available Sunday.

The couples’ dog, a black Lab, was rescued from the home by firefighters and was taken to a veterinarian, he said.

Williams spoke briefly with Burnell. “I think they’re going to be fine,” he said of Burnell and her boyfriend.

However, the dog may not be so lucky, Williams said.

“I don’t know if he’s going to make it,” he said. “When we left (the scene), she was at the vet’s office and he was at the hospital.”

The fire was contained to the living room. However, the rest of the house had substantial heat and smoke damage, rendering the house uninhabitable, Williams said.

“They are going to be able to salvage personal belongings,” he said.

Williams said he thinks Burnell has homeowner’s insurance. It was unknown where Burnell and her boyfriend would be staying.

About 30 firefighters were at the scene along with five pumpers and one tanker, although not all the vehicles were used, Williams said.

“We only used about 1,600 gallons” of water to put out the fire, he said.

The Peru Volunteer Fire Department was back in service at about 8:30 a.m., he said.

Morrisonville and South Plattsburgh fire departments assisted in extinguishing the blaze and the Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department was on standby at the Peru station, Williams said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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