Press-Republican

September 13, 2013

Bangor mobile home damaged by fire

By FELICIA KRIEG Press-Republican
Press-Republican

---- — BANGOR — The cause of a fire Wednesday that damaged a mobile home remained under investigation on Thursday.

Just before 5:30 p.m., the Bangor Volunteer Fire Department was called to 1162 Farm to Market Road (County Route 8), said Bangor Fire Chief Jerry Dumas.

“It (the fire) does not look suspicious,” he said.

No one was injured, he said.

“Within 20 minutes, we had the fire contained and started overhaul,” Dumas said. “There was significant damage to the west end of the trailer.”

The structure is not a total loss, though, he said.

Bangor Volunteer Firefighter Justin LaValley said between 15 and 20 percent of the mobile home was destroyed in the fire.

People had planned to move into the residence, but it was unoccupied when the fire broke out, LaValley said.

The fire damaged the area of the home where the washer, dryer and bathroom are located, he said.

“It wasn’t hooked up to power yet,” LaValley said of the residence.

Dumas said the man who owns the mobile home arrived at the fire site while the 35 to 40 firefighters who responded were at work.

The chief was unsure whether the owner has insurance on the property.

According to the Franklin County Real Property Office’s public online tax rolls, the residence is owned by Kenneth Friend.

The Bangor Volunteer Fire Department was back in service at 6:44 p.m., according to Franklin County Dispatch.

Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from Malone, Moira and Brushton, Dumas said.

Also assisting were Franklin County Fire Police and the Franklin County Cause and Origin Team.

—Staff Writer Denise Raymo contributed to this report.