A 79-year-old man died in a mobile-home fire in the town of Norwich on Sunday afternoon, and his wife and daughter were injured.

Donald K. Loomis of 157 Bourbon St. was pronounced dead at the mobile-home site, state police said in a news release late Sunday night.

The cause of the afternoon blaze is still under investigation, troopers said.

Loomis' wife, Ida M. Loomis, 80, was last known to be in critical condition at University Hospital in Syracuse, according to Sgt. Elizabeth Wonka of Norwich troopers.

The couple's daughter, Christine L. Loomis, was in stable condition at the same hospital, Wonka said.

All three lived at the mobile home located within the Maple Grove Trailer Park, she said.

The Norwich Fire Department was dispatched to the blaze at 2:57 p.m. and arrived at 3:01 p.m. to find fire raging within the single-wide trailer, according to a news release from the department.

Upon arrival, bystanders told firefighters that three adults were still inside the trailer, according to the release, which indicated all additional information would be released by troopers.

Wonka said the cause of the fire remains under investigation by troopers and Chenango County fire investigators.

She praised the response of the Norwich Fire Department.

"They were able to contain it pretty quickly," Wonka said.

Maple Grove Trailer Park has more than 100 mobile homes close to one another, but no other mobile homes were damaged, she said.

Nationwide, fatal fires peak between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., according to a 2005 study by the National Data Center of the U.S. Fire Administration.

"I don't think there was a significant (physical) handicap," Wonka said, citing the age of the two older residents and the construction of the mobile home as possible factors as to why the afternoon blaze was fatal.

Updated conditions for Ida and Christine Loomis were unavailable from University Hospital late Sunday night. The women were taken there after being transported to Chenango Memorial Hospital.

The Norwich Fire Department received mutual aid from Oxford firefighters and emergency medical crews, as well as Cooperstown Medical Transport, a private ambulance service.

A 2003 fire at the same trailer park claimed the life of a 72-year-old man.

That fire also occurred during the afternoon and was attributed to careless smoking.

The state Health Department lists Laral Management as the owners of the park, and records from the agency indicate the park has 416 residents.

Eric Larsen, president of Laral Management, did not immediately return a call for comment Sunday.

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