Man burned when mobile home catches fire: Mobile home tenant hurt; couple loses belongings PDF Print E-mail
Written by ANDREA VanVALKENBURG, Staff Writer   
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

SCIOTA — A local man was rushed to the hospital Tuesday evening after his Route 22 home ignited.
Phillip Guastella sustained slight burns to his body after the 9003 Route 22 mobile home he was renting caught fire around 5 p.m.
He was rushed by ambulance to CVPH Medical Center after the blaze. Guastella was later treated and released from the local facility.
According to Chazy Fire Chief Michael Cahoon, about 25 volunteers from the Chazy, West Chazy, Mooers and Rescue Hose No. 5 fire departments rushed to the home to extinguish the flames that quickly tore through the dwelling.
Volunteers from the Champlain Fire Department also responded to the emergency call and provided stand-by support at the Chazy station during the blaze.
"It was fully involved when I got here," said Chazy volunteer Dan Harriman, who rushed to the small home after he saw the thick smoke billowing from his nearby Route 22 residence.
Though volunteers responded to the rural fire within minutes of the call, the mobile home was a complete loss.
Volunteers remained at the home after the blaze dousing the smoldering ash and inspecting what was left of the severely charred structure.
Guastella, who lived in the home with Megan Apperson, did not have rental insurance at the time of the blaze, and the couple lost all of their possessions in the fire.
Officials were continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze Tuesday night.
No additional information about the fire was available.



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