Lightning was suspected as the cause of a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed an unoccupied mobile home near Lake Placid.
Volunteer fire crews from Lake Placid and Leisure Lakes responded to the mid-afternoon call after smoke was seen billowing from the single wide mobile home at 123 Pine Tree Drive. At least four fire trucks and about a dozen firefighters were on scene. A nearby fire hydrant was tapped for a steady water supply.
Peggy Esses-Klammer lives across the street from the fire. She said an afternoon storm brought heaving rains and frequent lightning. “We heard lots of lightning pops,” she said, “but there was one pop that was really loud.” That pop was probably the sound of a lightning strike.
Essex-Klammer said the mobile home had been unoccupied since the death of its owner four years ago. “We all just grateful no one was hurt and no one is left homeless by the fire,” she said as fire crews hosed down the interior of the mobile home.