By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — BRUSHTON — A fast-moving fire tore through a house at 1032 Route 11 in Brushton Tuesday night, leaving five people homeless.
Lisa Jackson and four others, whom fire officials could not identify, were not hurt in the blaze, which was reported to Franklin County Fire Control at 8:38 p.m., said Brushton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Barse.
“We think it got its start in the dryer area,” he said, but the exact cause was still under investigation.
“The back half of the residence was totally involved, and there were flames shooting out of three windows when I got there,” the chief said.
Mutual aid was called in from Moira, Bangor, Dickinson and Malone Callfiremen, and volunteers from Bombay were on standby at the Brushton station.
Barse said it was an older home, “and they tend to go up a little fast,” which resulted in the building being deemed a total loss.
About 50 firefighters responded and used between 17,000 and 18,000 gallons of water to put the blaze out.
The last firefighters left the site about 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, Barse said, and no rekindle was reported.
Franklin County Fire Police were called in to help with traffic control on Route 11.
HELP FOR FAMILIES
The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross provided comfort kits and gave the fire victims cash for food, clothing, coats and prescription medications, according to an agency news release.
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