JAY — Amanda Morey went outside after she thought she had extinguished a small fire that started underneath her couch Thursday afternoon.

When she opened the door to go back into her mobile home, however, black smoke knocked her back and she saw flames spreading fast across the room.

Morey ran into the street, called for help and watched the fire engulf her home at 3 Bj’s Lane, where she lives with her husband, Adam.

The home was not insured. The couple plans to live with the wife’s mother until they figure out what to do next, Morey said.

More than 25 firefighters responded and had the fire extinguished within five minutes of arriving about 2 p.m., according to Larry White, public safety director for Jay.

Morey said she recalls smelling what she thought was burning plastic underneath the couch about 1:30 p.m. When she ran to the sink and got water, a small amount of smoke started to appear, she said. Morey thought the water had extinguished the fire, went outside to smoke a cigarette and returned to find smoke and flames, she said.

White said it’s unclear what caused the fire, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office was expected to arrive Thursday to investigate. The mobile home was destroyed, he said, and fire crews were still there as of 3 p.m. to prevent the fire from re-igniting.

Emergency responders from Farmington, Wilton and Livermore Falls assisted at the scene, and no injuries were reported.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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