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Fire destroys mobile home, wooden rooster collection


FRANKLIN – A fire that destroyed Robert LaBraney's rented trailer Wednesday was a devastating loss, both to him and his girlfriend, who lost 600 collected wooden red rooster figures in the blaze.

LaBraney was at his trailer at 15 Hill Road on Wednesday with his girlfriend, sitting on the couch watching television.

"Then she smelled smoke," LaBraney said, declining to name his girlfriend.

"We pulled everything away from the walls, and we found the back of the couch was smoking, and there was an outlet looked like it was smoking," he said.

LaBraney called 911 and both fled the home, unhurt.

By the time the fire department arrived, the small, older-model trailer was a complete loss, said Fire Department Capt. Bruce Goldthwaite.

"We believe the fire was caused by an electrical problem, it is not suspicious," Goldthwaite said.

LaBraney said he and his girlfriend feel lucky to be alive, and are glad a relative is providing them with a temporary home.

But he is worried because he didn't have the trailer insured.

On Friday, he walked through the charred remains of the trailer. A flat-screen television was melted. The furniture was ruined, the windows broken, and the building reeked of ash and smoke.

"I don't know what I'm going to do, I had no insurance, and I lost everything here," he said.

Of prime concern seemed to be his girlfiend's woodeb rooster collection.

"She spent her whole life collecting those, and they're all trashed," he said, dropping a charred wooden rooster on the floor.

dseufert@newstote.com

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