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Fire destroys Moira home, leaving three homeless

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MOIRA - A family of three was displaced by a fire that destroyed their Moira home Thursday morning.

Four separate calls from neighbors on Russell Road sent seven separate fire departments, including the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, to the home of James Blauvelt, but the building was already “totally engulfed” by the time firefighters arrived, according to Moira Fire Chief Tim Trimm.

About 30 volunteers managed to get the fire under control after about two hours, Mr. Trimm said.

“The fire was already heavily seeded into the structure, and there was the wind factor,” he said. “Plus there was ice that looks like snow but it’s not. It made walking and maneuvering equipment hard.”

The family –– Mr. Blauvelt, his girlfriend and his son –– was in Malone at the time of the fire, according to Mr. Trimm, so nobody was injured. He also said Mr. Blauvelt is believed to have homeowner’s insurance.

The Red Cross also responded to the fire, stating in a press release that the organization provided the family with food, clothing and shoes.

Mr. Trimm said the family has no relatives close by this area, so he is unsure what they’re going to do for housing.

Franklin County fire investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

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