Wilmington cabin burns

WILMINGTON – A cabin in the woods was destroyed by fire early this morning.

The cabin at 36 Wilderness Way was a second home to a Connecticut man, who was there when the fire started and reported it to the fire department, said Wilmington fire Chief Lou Adragna.

“The homeowner jumped out the first-floor window of his bedroom to get out,” said Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish.

Essex County property records show the owner as Kevin LeBreck of Orange, Conn.

Adragna said the fire department was dispatched at about 12:30 a.m. today, and when they arrived on scene, the 1,500-or-so-square-foot cabin was fully involved in flames. Firefighters called in mutual aid from Upper Jay, Jay and Lake Placid.

“It’s absolutely a total loss – nothing left of the building,” Adragna said. “The woods were on fire a little bit, but we knocked it all down quick. It’s a good thing we’ve had a lot of rain.”

There were a few other cabins in the area, but they were far enough away that they weren’t threatened by the flames, he said.

There was one injury, but it wasn’t at the fire scene. An Upper Jay firefighter got hit by a falling piece of equipment in the back of a rescue truck and had to be transported to a hospital, Adragna said.

“He got actually hit pretty good in the head,” Adragna said.

The Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department was back in service at 5:30 a.m. after a five-hour effort.

Adragna said there was no indication of how the fire started or even where it started since the cabin was so ruined. Essex County Emergency Services had two investigators on scene at about 7 a.m.

“We waited for daylight,” Jaquish said.

The rain wasn’t entirely positive for the fire scene. Wilmington’s first-run pumper truck got stuck in mud about 200 feet shy of the cabin and needed to be pulled out by a town loader.

“It was so muddy up there,” Adragna said. “It was a ways in the woods.”