August 24, 2013

Mobile home destroyed by fire


---- — MOOERS — Fire destroyed a mobile home at 127 Bashaw Road on Friday morning.

The call came in at 8:47 a.m. and when firefighters arrived, the fire was fully involved, with heavy black smoke and flames billowing from the structure, said Dan Dumas, first assistant fire chief of Mooers Volunteer Fire Department.

Dumas said firefighters had to chase the fire beneath the main floor and into a number of additions that had been made to the home, but it took only about 20 minutes to extinguish the majority of the flames.

Fire investigators were summoned at about 9:20 a.m., and Dumas said the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Assisting the Mooers Volunteer Fire Department were departments from Altona and Champlain, as well as Champlain EMS. The Mooers Fire Department Auxiliary brought refreshments for the firefighters.

The home that burned is owned by Roger Duprey, who Dumas said had been staying with his mother, Linda Duprey, next door at 131 Bashaw Road because he had been remodeling the mobile home.

Malinda Burleigh, who owns the some of the land on which several of the mobile homes on Bashaw Road sit, said Roger hadn’t had power there since May.


Janet Hemingway, lives with her father, Henry LaCount, at 117 Bashaw Road.

She said State Police were already on Bashaw Road investigating a property damage call at her home when they saw flames shooting into the sky on Friday morning.

Mr. Duprey then came running down the road shouting, “My house, my house!”

Hemingway asked Mr. Duprey if he had called 911, and he told her his cellphone was in his mobile home, she said.

State Police could not be reached Friday to comment on a possible investigation of the fire.