MALONE — The cause of a Friday morning mobile-home fire that left a Malone man homeless is believed to be electrical.
Malone Callfiremen Chief Paul Langdon said it started in a crawl space under the bathroom.
"When I arrived, fire was blowing out all of the windows, coming (out) from the sides of the house. Heavy smoke."
The structure could not be saved, he said.
"It was a rapid spread through the trailer, which unfortunately most are."
No one was injured, he said.
Smoke enveloped the roadway for almost a mile as firefighters approached the fire at 3022 Route 11, Langdon said.
"(It) extended all the way down as far as Wal-Mart," he said.
'ESCAPED WITH LIFE'
The resident, whose name was not available, called 911 to report the fire, Langdon said.
None of the man's belongings were salvageable, he said.
"He escaped with his life and what was on his back, and that's pretty much it.
"There was a strong east wind, so it made it difficult with the amount of wind that they had, but it was an exterior attack only," Langdon said.
The mobile home was older, and a few additions had been built on it, he said.
It took 30 or so firefighters about two hours to put the fire out, Langdon said, and another hour for the Franklin County Cause and Origin Team to conduct its investigation.
Franklin County Director of Emergency Services Ricky Provost responded to the fire, as did several deputy county fire coordinators who assisted firefighters in organizing the effort.
The tenant does not have renters insurance, Langdon said, and he didn't know if the owner has a policy.
The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross provided the man with a place to stay and money for food, seasonal clothing and shoes, according to a news release.
He was also given a comfort kit with basic personal-care items.
Bangor Volunteer Fire Department and Westville Volunteer Fire Department were called as mutual aid.
"Excellent job by all the volunteer firefighters that were there," the chief said.
Malone Callfiremen were back in service around 5:30 a.m.
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