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January 19, 2013

Five left homeless by Mooers Forks blaze

MOOERS FORKS — An attic fire in Mooers Forks resulted in a home being declared “unlivable” Thursday night.

Residents Todd and Marsha Forette called the Mooers Fire Department at 10:44 p.m., but flames left the house at 8 Davidson Road severely damaged, including holes in the roof and ceiling.

“It was a stubborn fire,” Mooers Fire Chief Raymond Phair said. “It was in the roof and attic.”

Clinton County dispatch said Mooers Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by departments from Ellenburg Depot, Altona, Chazy, Churbusco, Rouses Point and Hemmingford, Quebec. Champlain EMS was also at the site, but dispatch said no injuries were reported.

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross reported providing emergency assistance to five adults involved for food and temporary housing.

Phair said the department returned back to the station at about 1:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Phair said the Forettes are not able to stay in the house but is not sure if the insurance company will declare it as being totaled. He described the house’s damage as extensive.

The cause is still under investigation.

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