ITHACA, N.Y. — A man was transported to Cayuga Medical Center Friday morning after a small explosion and subsequent fire destroyed a mobile home in Slaterville.

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The man was transported in a Bang’s Ambulance with injuries that are not life threatening, an official said. The mobile home in Lot 8 of the Green Acres Mobile Homes Park on the 3400 block of Slaterville Road was completely destroyed.

Chris Jordan, first assistant chief at the Brooktondale fire department, said he was among one of the first fire crews to arrive after the blaze was reported at 9:39 a.m.

He said the entire home was on fire when he arrived. The two men, who were home when the explosion happened, and a dog made it safely out of the residence.

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“Something exploded!”

Ray Simmons was in his coral colored home Friday morning when he heard a loud noise.

“Something exploded,” he said. “I thought it was a freaking propane tank or something.”

He said he ran outside and saw two men standing by the mobile home across the street from his own. He said he made sure they were okay and then called 911.

Doug Boyce, who lives directly next to the mobile home in Lot 7 said he heard the explosion and thought a passing truck hit something. When he want outside and saw smoke and flames coming out of his neighbor’s home, he said he rushed to grab a fire extinguisher.

One of the men who’d been in the residence told him, “It’s past that now.” So the nearby residents steered clear of the fire.

“There’s nothing you can do,” Boyce said. “We just moved our cars.”

He said he’s thankful this afternoon’s downpour happened because he credited it with helping save his home from the fire, which had spread to the grass and was inching close to the mobile home, where he’s lived with his wife Betty Boyce for about 35 years.

“The lord gave us rain…it was headed our way,” he said.

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Another person who’s considering themselves lucky Friday morning is Ken Conklin. The Cornell University employee said he got a call from his landlord advising him to get home and move his vehicle.

His mobile home is also directly next to Lot 8, in Lot 9.

“I was sweating it coming in,” he said.

And while his mobile home was felt hot inside and a small part of his home had slight damage from the heat, he said it mostly avoided being damaged.

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Beth Harrington, president of Slaterville Fire Company, said a total of seven departments responded to the blaze, including Slaterville, Speedsville, Brooktondale, Dryden, Varna, Ithaca and Richford.

She said that although there were still hot spots as late as 11:30 a.m., crews were keeping the site safe and as intact as possible until fire investigators arrived.

She said the cause of the blaze is being investigated.

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Jolene Almendarez

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