Fire destroys mobile home in Paris


PARIS — A fire that destroyed a mobile home Thursday afternoon on High Street remained under investigation hours after being extinguished by firefighters, according to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Blacquiere of the Paris Fire Department.

Deputy Chief Mark Blacquiere said his department received a call at 12:42 p.m. about a mobile home being engulfed in flames at 390 High St.

Blacquiere said that the trailer was “about 60 percent involved” when he arrived at the blaze.

He said the house was not insured and the Red Cross was assisting the family — two adults and a teenager — who lived at the mobile home.

Blacquiere said employees from the Paris Highway Department rescued two dogs from the burning mobile home.

Firefighters were also able to salvage some of the family’s belongings.

“We call it salvage and overhaul,” Blacquiere said. “When we’re at the scene of a fire, we try to salvage anything we can from the fire, take it outside and cover it up with a tarp.

“We were able to free up a couple of people so they could salvage belongings from the home. The family can replace the house, but those pictures can’t be replaced, so we wanted to make sure to get that out for them.”

Departments from Paris, Oxford, Norway, Poland, Hebron, Poland and Buckfield responded to the fire, along with PACE Ambulance Service.

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Firefighters from Paris, Norway, Oxford, Buckfield, Poland and Hebron responded to a mobile home fire Thursday afternoon at 390 High St. in Paris. The home was destroyed. (Matt Daigle/Sun Journal)