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Fire destroys Lake Clear house

October 22, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE CLEAR - A double-wide mobile home was destroyed by fire Sunday night.

No one was home when the fire broke out just before 7 p.m. at 758 McMaster Road. A neighbor reported it, according to Rick Yorkey, head fire driver in Saranac Lake.

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department sent five trucks and more than two dozen members to the scene. The Paul Smiths-Gabriels, Bloomingdale and Lake Placid volunteer fire departments also responded with pumper trucks and manpower.

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Fire ripped through this double-wide mobile home on McMaster Road in Lake Clear, as seen here this morning. No one was home at the time of the Sunday night blaze, which may have been triggered by an electrical problem.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Saranac Lake Fire Chief Brendan Keough said the home, owned by Brian Durkee, was "almost fully engulfed" when firefighters first arrived on scene.

"There was heavy fire coming from the front right corner of the building, but the fire was extended pretty much from one end of the building to the other. It was cranking."

There was no attempt at an interior attack, Keough said. He said firefighters doused the flames using 30,000 gallons of water, most of it taken from a nearby brook.

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"It was great knock-down," Keough said. "Given the amount of fire, we never lost water supply, and we were able to knock the fire down within 30 minutes."

Despite firefighters' best efforts, there wasn't much left of the trailer by the time it was over.

"It's pretty much gone," Yorkey said. "They were renovating it, and they had it pretty much gutted out. There wasn't much of anything inside."

No injuries were reported.

Keough said Franklin County fire investigators are still probing the cause of the blaze, but it's not believed to be suspicious.

"We believe it's going to be electrical in nature," he said.



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