Careless action by a homeowner is being blamed for a fire Friday afternoon that destroyed a mobile home in this Ontario County town, injuring the occupant and a firefighter.
County Fire Coordinator Jeff Harloff said the fire at Friendly Village Mobile Home Park on Canadice Lane was reported by the homeowner about 1:15 p.m. The Manchester Fire Department responded, as did firefighters from Shortsville, Clifton Springs and Farmington.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the mobile home and had the fire under control shortly after 2 p.m. Shortsville Ambulance and Finger Lakes Ambulance also responded.
A firefighter, who was not named, was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a cut to his head. The homeowner, who told responders he was working on a hot water heater when it caught fire, also was taken to a local hospital for burns to his head and face.
The 12-by-60-foot mobile home and its contents were destroyed, and the fire also damaged an attached shed. The owner got his dog out safely before firefighters arrived.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Harloff and the Manchester Fire Department. Harloff said the fire started near the hot water heater and was related to careless action by the owner.