April 30, 2014

Fire destroys Keeseville mobile home


---- — KEESEVILLE — A Keeseville man lost his home to fire Tuesday morning.

Dale Doner was at work when his double-wide mobile home at 2091 Route 22 was destroyed by fire.

Firefighters from Keeseville, Peru and South Plattsburgh, with its air truck, were dispatched at 9:08 a.m. to the fire, with AuSable Forks Fire Department on standby.

Keeseville Fire Chief David Perky said heavy black smoke was pouring from the mobile home when they arrived.

They weren’t sure whether anyone was home, so they sent four firefighters into the blazing structure to check for occupants, Perky said.

No one was found. Doner was later tracked down at work. By the time he drove back to his home, it had already been gutted by the fast-moving fire.

Around 10 a.m., a call went out for fire investigators to report to the site. They could be seen working inside the charred home around 11, as firefighters packed up after extinguishing the blaze.

The blue mobile home, which had front and side porches attached, was “a total loss,” Perky said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said, “but they’re leaning toward electrical.”

The chief said Doner has family in the area and that he was also being helped by the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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