LIVINGSTON — The Red Cross is assisting a family of four after a fire tore through their mobile home Sunday afternoon, Livingston Fire Chief Paul Jahns IV said Monday.

Two adults and two children, ages 1 and 5, and their pets, made it out of the one-story, wood-frame home safely, Jahns said.

The fire began in a shed behind the home, where a 5-year-old was playing with a lighter. State police investigated the incident, Jahns said.

At about 12:04 p.m., Livingston Fire Department was sent by Columbia County 911 to the Maple Lane Mobile Home Park, Lot No. 1, for a reported shed on fire.

When the first firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to the home and fire officials immediately requested mutual-aid assistance from neighboring fire companies.

Crews went to work extinguishing the blaze inside and outside the home. Firefighters cut holes in the roof to better get at the fire and to ventilate the building.

A tanker fill site was established at a pond that is located next to the Livingston Firehouse on Route 9.

A search of the home by firefighters found that all the occupants and pets got out of the building safely.

Roads in the mobile home park, in the area of the fire, were closed by fire police.

Neighbors in the mobile home park gathered to watch firefighters work.

The fire destroyed the shed. It caused heavy damage to the home’s roof. There was also damage to some walls, and smoke and water damage throughout the home, Jahns said.

No injuries were reported, Jahns said.

The town building inspector was requested to the scene.

Fire departments that assisted Livingston were: Clermont, Greenport, Taghkanic, Germantown, and Tivoli.

Also assisting at the scene were Northern Dutchess Paramedics, state police, and the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office.

All fire companies were back in service at 2:07 p.m.

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