GREENPORT — For the second time in three weeks, fire tore through a mobile home at a Greenport mobile home park.

Fire destroyed the structure Monday evening at Lot No. 6 in Kipps Mobile Home Park on Fairview Avenue, Greenport fire chief John Onufrychuk Jr. said Tuesday.

The home was completely gutted and will need to be torn down, Onufrychuk said.

At about 8:27 p.m., Greenport Fire Department was sent by Columbia County 911 to the scene after neighbors reported the mobile home was on fire.

Thick black smoke could be seen from Fairview Avenue as firefighters were responding. The rear of the mobile home was engulfed in flames when they arrived, Onufrychuk said.

Hudson Fire Department was requested to the scene under mutual aid.

After beginning in the rear of the home, the fire spread up into the attic area, and underneath the structure. The fire penetrated two layers of ceiling as well, Onufrychuk said.

Gusty winds Monday night were a factor in how quickly the fire spread, Onufrychuk said.

Firefighters began pulling apart walls on the mobile home to get at the fire inside. They also cut holes in the roof to ventilate the structure. As the holes were cut, fire shot up through the roof.

Other residents of the mobile home watched firefighters from a distance and remarked that this was the second fire in the park this month. A family of three was left homeless after fire tore through their mobile home on May 6.

There were no occupants of the mobile home on Monday night. The home had recently been sold and the new owners had not moved in yet, Onufrychuk said.

A check of the building found no one inside. There were no injuries reported to firefighters, Onufrychuk said.

The fire was reported to be out at 9:48 p.m. Firefighters then began checking the building to make sure there were no areas that may have reignited.

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental, Onufrychuk said.

Other fire companies, that were placed on stand-by included Claverack, Stottville, Germantown and Livingston.

Assisting at the fire scene were Greenport Rescue Squad, Greenport Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, state police and the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office.

All firefighters were back in service at 11:23 p.m.

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Accidental is not a cause, it is a description. As a resident of the park. I would like to know the actual cause

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