WILTON — A vacant mobile home was destroyed when a fire broke out early Saturday morning at 9 Seawall St.

Wilton police officer Gary Allen was patrolling downtown when he smelled smoke and investigated. He found a double-wide mobile home fully engulfed in fire on a small side street. 

According to Wilton Fire Chief Sonny Dunham, the call came in at 2:26 a.m. He arrived at about 2:30 a.m. and was the first firefighter on the scene.

“Part of the corner was already burnt through and collapsed, and all the windows on the backside were caved in,” Dunham said. The first truck arrived just minutes after and within 20 minutes, the fire was under control. “It was an exterior attack,” he said.

The home, owned by Kandi Ward of Roxbury, was not insured, and had been vacant for two years. Furniture and other belongings from the home were stored in a garage located about 20-25 feet from the home. The garage was not damaged by the fire. 

“There are no other houses on that side of the road,” Dunham said.

Ken MacMaster from the Office of the State Fire Marshall investigated, but went directly to another fire in Carthage and had not released a cause of the fire by Sunday night.

Five other fire departments also responded to the call, including Farmington, Jay, East Dixfield and Chesterville. The Livermore Falls Rescue Intervention Team also assisted.


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