Monday, 22 January 2018 16:50

Fire crews begin week battling multiple fires across the region Featured

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SURRY/CARMEL - It was a busy start of the week for fire crews across the region.

Two fires ripped through homes overnight into the early morning. One even proved fatal in Surry.

"By the time we got there, the place was basically gone," said Chief Richard Black of the Surry Fire Department.

Crews rushed to the scene of a building fire on the Morgan Bay Road around 11:40 Sunday night, and worked well into Monday morning fighting flames that engulfed the mobile home when they arrived.

"We ran into some ice, it was on a steep hill, lighting was very difficult, we couldn't get any trucks near the building," said Chief Black.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says the body of a 66-year-old woman was found inside.

In Carmel, a single-story home on the Fuller Road was badly damaged by a fire called in just after 6:30 Monday morning.

They arrived to find flames showing from the house.

"We were able to contain the fire to the kitchen and living room area," said Capt. Chandler Corriveau of the Hermon Fire Department:

One woman was home at the time and was able to make it out safely.

 "Fortunately, most of the doors in the home were closed so that limited the smoke damage. It just shows the importance of why people need to sleep with their doors closed and why you need to have working smoke detectors," said Capt. Corriveau.

When we asked the Surry Fire Chief whether the mobile home there had working smoke detectors, he said "we have know way of knowing that, there's too much damage."

And right now, no word on the cause of either of these fires. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim in the Surry fire. The state medical examiner is determining whether she is the woman who lived in the mobile home.

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