GREENPORT — A Columbia County family is homeless after fire broke out on Thursday afternoon at their mobile home, Greenport Fire Chief John Onufrychuk, Jr. said.
The Red Cross is assisting the three victims, Onufrychuk said.
The grandmother and her daughter and granddaughter were all able to get out safely, but the grandmother was taken to Columbia Memorial Health by Greenport Rescue Squad for evaluation, Onufrychuk said.
The family could not locate their pet cat when they fled from the home, Onufrychuk said. Firefighters found the cat hiding under a couch in the living room. The cat was not injured.
At about 4:15 p.m., Columbia County 911 sent Greenport Fire Department to Kipp’s Mobile Home Park on Fairview Avenue, Lot No. 43, after neighbors reported they could see smoke and flames coming from the home.
One neighbor attempted to enter the burning structure with a fire extinguisher, but was driven back by the smoke.
When Greenport firefighters arrived on the scene, they immediately requested mutual-aid assistance from Hudson Fire Department.
Crews went to extinguish the fire inside and cut holes in the roof to ventilate the structure. A small crowd of neighbors gathered to observe firefighters and to offer support to the victims.
The rear bedroom and bathroom and areas up into the roof sustained significant damage in the fire, Onufrychuk said.
There were no reported injuries. The cause is being ruled accidental, Onufrychuk said.
All firefighters were back in service at 5:22 p.m.
Greenport Fire Department was called back to the home at 6:54 p.m., when the fire rekindled. Some insulation and a few small rafters were burning, Onufrychuk said.
The fire was extinguished again and all firefighters were back in service at 7:51 p.m.
Assisting at the fire scene were Greenport Rescue Squad, Greenport Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office.