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February 16, 2014

Family loses home, belongings in Bombay fire

BOMBAY — A family of six was displaced Saturday after a fire destroyed their Bombay home.

Holly Mitchell smelled smoke issuing from the second floor of her 653 County Route 2 home, got her four children out safely and called 911, said Bombay Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Dufrane.

Holly’s husband, Darren, was at work when the fire broke out, Dufrane said.

While the cause of the fire remained under investigation Saturday by the Franklin County Cause and Origin Team, Dufrane said it didn’t appear suspicious.

‘LABOR INTENSIVE’

“The fire was very labor-intensive from the second floor,” Dufrane said. “There was a lot of heat and there was a lot of heavy smoke.”

He rotated six firefighters to work on extinguishing the blaze on the second floor, with each group working until their air packs were empty.

“(The) initial fire on the second floor was knocked down but it had gotten up into the attic and the ceiling had to get pulled.”

USED THERMAL CAMERA

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to navigate through the smoke on the second floor.

The home’s older, wood-frame construction made it easy for the fire to spread, Dufrane said.

“A fire can just race around. It can start on one corner, drop down and go on the other side of the house.”

Franklin County Emergency Services brought the “rehab trailer,” which provides a space for firefighters to rehydrate and have their vitals checked, Dufrane said.

“The guys really worked hard. They did a great job.”

Assisting the Bombay Volunteer Fire Department were departments from Helena, Fort Covington, Dickinson, Hogansburg, Moira, Westville, Brushton, Bangor and Constable.

‘FEW BELONGINGS SAVED’

Firefighters were able to save some pictures from the home, but not much else could be salvaged.

“If it didn’t get damaged by fire, it’s been saturated with water,” the chief said.

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