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Constable home destroyed by weekend fire


CONSTABLE - A fire on the Coveytown Road in Constable late Sunday night left a house gutted and its inhabitantstemporarily homeless.

Rebecca Hence lived in the home along with her fiancee, Carlton Thomas; son Carlton Thomas II; daughter Dakota Destefano and her husband ,Mike Destefano III; and their son, Jacoby.

Ms. Hence said her fiancee noticed the fire and called the Constable Volunteer Fire Department.

Constable responded to the call at 11 p.m. while Burke Volunteer Fire Department responded with mutual aid at the same time. Both the Malone Callfiremen and the Westville Volunteer Fire Department responded at 11:05 p.m. for mutual aid.

Constable Fire Chief Jason Trombley said the fire took around three hours to put out.

“We had a good initial attack, and we were able to save a lot of the contents,” he said.

However, he added that the house was a total loss since the fire spread along the roof.

While no official cause has been released yet, Mr. Trombley said the department believes it could have been electrical or a wood stove.

For Ms. Hence and her family, the fire has forced all of them to move into an apartment until their landlord, Gus Dupra, builds them a new home in the spring.

“They’re just wonderful people,” HMs. ence said of the Dupra family.

However, the promise of a new home didn’t take away the hardship of losing the original one, which Ms. Hence said she and her family lived in for approximately three years.

“I lost my house, and I loved my home,” she said.

Despite the loss of her home and a fair share of her belongings, Ms. Hence was appreciative of the firefighters who responded to the call that night.

“Constable Fire Department – they’re the best. I want to thank all the fire departments that came,” she said. “They tried to save my house.”

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