Home destroyed in morning fire

PALATINE — An early morning fire burned down a manufactured home on Thursday.

The home at 5025 Route 10 was destroyed in the blaze, with residents, including pets, making it out of the home without any injuries.

Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria said upon arrival to the fire first responders found the home totally engulfed in flames.

“It was a total loss,” Santa Maria said.

The owner of the home is Kayla Jones. Home at the time of the fire were three children ranging from ages 10 to 12 and their grandmother. Also in the home were four dogs and two cats. Santa Maria said one of the children smelled smoke and got everyone out of the home.

One of the fire fighters was transported to the hospital for a heat-related illness. He is now home and is doing okay, said Santa Maria.

“The humidity does make things tough,” Santa Maria said.

The call of the fire came in at approximately 3:20 a.m. and fire crews remained on the scene until about 6:30 a.m. to put out any hot spots.

Fire investigators remaining at the scene until 9 a.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Looking into the cause are the Montgomery County Fire Investigation Team, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Fulton County Civil Defense Coordinator’s office.

“We’re still uncertain of the cause,” Santa Maria said.

The Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire and assisting as mutual aid was Canajoharie Volunteer Fire Department, Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company and Fulton County Fire Coordinator’s Office.