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June 15, 2013

Morrisonville mobile home destroyed by fire

MORRISONVILLE — All Rodney Blake has left are the pajamas he was wearing when he fled his burning home early Friday morning.

“I’ve been going through a lot of stuff,” Blake, 51, said Friday evening, visibly upset as he stood looking at the charred remains of his mobile home.

Blake realized his 12 Pitcher Way home was on fire at about 1:30 a.m. when he woke up to go to the bathroom, he said.

He ran next door and called 911.

The heat from the flames melted siding on a mobile home next to Blake’s, at 14 Pitcher Way.

The residents there called 911, too, he said.

The Morrisonville Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the home at 1:41 a.m.; Cadyville Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid.

Blake said he has no renter’s insurance.

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross provided emergency assistance to him, including a comfort kit and money for food, clothing and shoes.

Blake said he will be staying with his niece.


Among the items he lost in the fire were a $2,200 vacuum and the contents of a safe.

In the safe was a small collection of antiques, which included coins and lighters, Blake said.

Blake said the fire started in the kitchen.

The floor of the kitchen had caved in and the cinder blocks that once held up Blake’s home were visible.

”It ruined my niece’s pool,” said Damian Cox, 17. 

The remains of 2-year-old Annabellah Wethernault’s pool, next door, and her pool toys lay covered with ashes next to what remained of Blake’s mobile home.

Pitcher Way is off River Street in Morrisonville, near the former Cocktails bar.

The burned mobile home, officially at 36 River St., five others and an “old-style home” are owned by Vanessa and Richard Staples, according to the Clinton County Real Property Office.

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