Pet dog alerts family to early morning blaze

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TOWN OF VERONA — Six people have been displaced from their home after a fire at the Verona Mobile Home Park very early Friday morning.

Fire officials said a pet dog died in the fire after its barks alerted the family to the fire at about 2:45 a.m.

“There was a dog barking and it woke them up,” explained Verona Fire Chief Chad Goodyear. The mobile home park is located on Route 31.

The chief said two adults and two children fled the mobile home and a neighbor called 9-1-1. He added that the family was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Authorities said a total of three adults and three children — ages 8-months, 18-months and 3-years — have been displaced.

Goodyear said he was the first officer on the scene, and “when I arrived, it was fully involved, with flames coming out of every corner of the trailer.”

Volunteers from seven departments launched an exterior attack, using water tankered to the scene from a hydrant at Route 31 and Main Street. The chief said the fire took about an hour to get under control. The mobile home is a total loss.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, the chief said.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family with food, shelter and clothing.

The Verona, Vernon, Vernon Center, Oneida Castle, Sherrill, Durhamville and New London fire departments responded, with Westmoreland on standby.

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