BOMBAY — A garage at 1775 Route 95 here was destroyed Monday night by fire.
”We got pretty lucky,” said Bombay Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Dufrane. “The garage was 15 feet from the house. It was Monday night and all the guys were at the firehouse when the call came in.”
The firefighters were doing the Monday night radio and equipment check, Dufrane said, and they were dispatched a few minutes after 8 p.m.
When the department arrived, “It was blowing fire right out the main door (of the garage) and it was actually hitting the house.”
Don Daibew is the owner of the property and the items in the garage that were lost amount to about $40,000, Dufrane said.
The damage to the Daibew’s home includes cracked windows and some melted plastic on the side of the house, but it is minor, he said.
Responding to the blaze were the Franklin County Fire Police, numerous county emergency coordinators and the Franklin County Cause and Origin Team, which is working with State Police to determine the cause of the fire, Dufrane said.
It is generally standard procedure to involve police in a fire investigation, the chief said.
Among them were tools and cabinets and other materials Daibew was using to remodel his home, he said.
There were no injures.
Fire departments that provided mutual aid were Fort Covington, Hogansburg/Akwesasne, Moira, Brushton, Westville, Dickinson and Helena, according to Franklin County Dispatch.
The Bombay Volunteer Fire Department was back in service just after 11 p.m.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Contributing Writer Ben Rowe