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April 3, 2014

Man injured in Owl's Head fire

OWL’S HEAD — An Owl’s Head man was injured in a fire that destroyed his home here on Wednesday morning, and a residence in the Town of Franklin was badly damaged by flames later in the day.

The single-wide mobile home at 1789 County Route 27 in the Town of Bellmont hamlet of Owl’s Head was engulfed in flames when Owl’s Head-Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department firefighters arrived, Fire Chief Pat Carr said.

And an ambulance was just about to leave with the person who lived there, he said.

He didn’t know the man’s name but said his injuries were minimal.

According to the Franklin County Real Property Office website, the property is owned by Richard D. Longtin, but whether he resided there could not be confirmed on Wednesday.

A mail carrier discovered the fire and called 911 shortly after 11 a.m., Carr said.

Assisting Owl’s Head at the fire were departments from Duane, Malone, Burke and Constable.

Extinguishing the flames went smoothly, and the fire was put out in roughly an hour, Carr said. He thanked the assisting departments for their support.     

“Everything worked the way it was supposed to,” he said.

Carr said the resident does not have homeowners insurance. 

TWO CATS KILLED

Then, just before 2 p.m., Steve Lippacher returned to his home at 10283 Route 3 in the Town of Franklin hamlet of Sugarbush, opened his door and found the house filled with smoke, Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Mike Cassavaugh said.

Lippacher drove about a half mile to his closest neighbor to call for help, he said.

There were flames showing around the side door to the home when the Fire Department arrived, Cassavaugh said.

“One guy hit the outside wall with a hose,” he said, while he and Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brendan Keough attacked the flames from inside the house.

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