The boy just stood staring blankly at the remains of the burned out trailer. It was his friend, Michael (Mikey) Hall Jr., who perished in the blaze the night before. He said he was a very talented musician.
The Town of Macedon Police Department is currently completing an investigation of a mobile home fire at the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park located at 543 Macedon Center Road, Lot 26, in Macedon. At approximately 10:17 p.m. on Saturday (4/23), a fire was reported to the 911 center with several subjects still within the residence. Upon arriving at the scene, Police and Fire personnel located one man, Michael Hall Sr., outside of the mobile home with serious burns to his upper torso. The the man advised that another, his 16 year-old son, was still inside the mobile home which was now fully engulfed in flames.
Personnel attempted to gain entry into the residence but were driven back due to the heavy flames and smoke. Mikey was confirmed deceased within the residence and his father was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for his injuries.
According to Macedon Police Chief John Colella, Mikey awoke his father alerting him of the fire and told him to get out.
Mikey, for some reason, stayed for a brief moment. That brief moment was all it took to overwhelm the boy. “It just went up too quick,” said Chief Colella.
Besides Mikey and his father, the trailer home was also occupied by a grandmother and aunt who were not at home at the time of the fire.
It is believed the fire started in the living room. Michael Hall Sr. was a heavy smoker, who was disabled due to a broken back injury received several years ago. The mobile home was a complete loss. “He (Mikey) was over to our house an hour earlier,” said next door neighbor Lisa Welker. Her daughters were friends of Mike and began yelling when they spotted the blaze. By the time Lisa looked out, flames were shooting high in the air from the door to the trailer. The fire severely scorched the siding on the Welker trailer home, melting the blinds in the living room of the rent-to-own trailer.
Mikey, who had just turned 16 in February, was a sophomore at Palmyra-Macedon High School. He played both the trumpet and piano, and Lisa agreed with his friend that he was a very talented musician. He reportedly had a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music for his trumpet playing. “I really expected that he would become somebody special,” said Lisa. She said that Mike’s grandmother had raised the boy since he was three years old.
Welker said that power throughout the Arrowhead Mobile Home Park had been cut following the fire. Assisting with the investigation were the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Fire Investigations Team, Macedon Center Fire Department, Walworth Fire Department, the Macedon Fire Department, the West Walworth Fire Department. The Red Cross is helping the family. The Hall family reportedly owned the trailer and were insured for the loss.
The Pal-Mac School District released a statement the following day. “Michael was active, energetic, and well-liked by all. He regularly participated in the school’s music and theatre departments. He was friendly, up-beat and caring. He will be deeply missed by the school community. Our thoughts and cares are with his family,” wrote High School Principal Ryan Pacatte.
In accordance with district procedures, the school’s Crisis Team was activated. Members of this team meet the trauma and grief needs of those most impacted by the loss. On Sunday, school counselors were made available to work with students and families at the Pal-Mac High School. Counselors and psychologists were available throughout the week.