, Newburyport, MA

October 3, 2013

Early morning fire displaces six

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — SALISBURY — Six people, including three children, spent last night elsewhere after a one-alarm fire tore through their mobile home at 43 Folly Mill Road early yesterday morning.

American Red Cross volunteers provided the family with funds for food, clothing, comfort kits, toys for the children as well as temporary shelter in a nearby motel.

Salisbury fire Captain Michael Merritt said the fire, which was contained to the trailer unit, started in a back area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 6:54 a.m. and cleared less than three hours later. Three local fire engines were used while an engine from Newburyport watched over the Route 1 station.

No one was hurt battling the blaze, but the mobile home sustained significant damage, according to Merritt.

“Trailers are like big ovens,” Merritt said.

Also unharmed were the family’s pets, including a dog and some birds, according to firefighters.

Folly Mill Road is located close to exit 60 off Interstate 95 in the northern section of town near the Seabrook border. The property was last assessed at $132,100 and was built in 1976. It features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and the owner of record is Henry L. Shattuck, according to the town assessor’s database.