Stubborn Newfane fire displaces family of 3

Saturday February 16, 2013

NEWFANE -- A family of three escaped serious injury, Friday, following a house fire, although two dogs were killed in the afternoon blaze which destroyed a modular home on Oak Hill Road.

"I called Red Cross," said Williamsville Fire Chief Steve Jones. "They’re going to put them up in a hotel in Brattleboro for a few days."

The fire destroyed a single story, double-wide modular home. Since it was at the end of an old dirt road, fire crews had to lay the hose in, Jones said.

"The structure is still intact," Jones said. "But, it’s going to have to be torn down."

Jones told the Reformer that his department knew where the fire had begun.

"It started in a wall off of the kitchen and the living room area," said Jones. "We were unable to determine a cause."

The Williamsville Fire Department will not be investigating the fire because it did not appear to be suspicious.

Jones said the call came in at about 11 a.m. and it was declared under control by 2 p.m.

Crews from NewBrook, East Dover, Dummerston, West Dover, Brattleboro and Townshend fire departments and Rescue Inc. were all present at the scene to assist the Williamsville firefighters.

"It took a long time fighting the fire," said Jones. "It was in a double ceiling near the roof system. Once one fire was put out, it would fire up in another spot. We had to bring in an excavator to get at it all. It was a stubborn fire."

Jones told the Reformer that the water supply went well and that there was a good response from all the departments that came out for the fire.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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