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December 14, 2013

Plattsburgh fire leaves at least 2 homeless

PLATTSBURGH — At least two people were left homeless after a fire broke out at their mobile home on Friday morning.

The cause of the blaze at 26 Chasands Drive in the Town of Plattsburgh hadn’t been determined as of Friday evening, but it was not considered suspicious, said South Plattsburgh Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Santor.

He said the home, owned by Brenda Bell, would likely be a total loss.

“The fire was contained to the rear of the trailer, but the whole trailer did suffer smoke damage.”

Firefighters were dispatched at 9:04 a.m., according to Clinton County Dispatch.

Bell was not home when the fire started, nor was anyone else, Santor said, and a neighbor reported it to authorities.

He wasn’t sure how many resided there.

When he arrived, he saw “smoke coming from the windows (and) fire out the back of the trailer.”


While temperatures were below freezing, Santor said, the cold weather did not hamper the efforts of those responding to the blaze.

It might have, though, if the fire had needed longer than the 15 minutes it took about 20 firefighters to extinguish it, he said.

Two dogs were rescued from the mobile home, Santor said.

He said he believed Bell planned to take the pets to a vet as a precaution.


Bell does not have homeowner’s insurance, the chief said.

Providing mutual aid were the Plattsburgh City Fire Department and Peru Volunteer Fire Department, as well as county fire coordinators, according to County Dispatch.

Two adults were given lodging, food, clothing, seasonal clothing and comfort kits by volunteers from the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross, that organization said in a news release.

Departments left the property by 11:35 a.m., dispatch said.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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