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Fire damages Whiteface Mountain building

December 24, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer (cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Fire damaged a building at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center over the weekend.

Lou Adragna, chief of the Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire was reported at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday. Approximately 15 firefighters from Wilmington responded, and the Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid at the scene.

Adragna said the fire broke out on the second floor of the operations building, which houses ski school instructors.

"There was smoke coming out of the upstairs floor, and smoke coming out of the cracks of the windows and doors," he said. "When we opened the doors, black smoke starting pouring out.

"We sent in two firefighters, and they knocked down the fire really quickly. ... Everybody did an excellent job."

Adragna said he believes the fire originated in a wooden wall near the center of the building.

"It looks like it was probably an electrical problem that they had," he added.

Asked how severe the fire was, Adragna said there was a "ton of damage to the building." Jon Lundin, spokesman for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority which operates and maintains the ski center, said officials are assessing the damage.

"It doesn't affect operations at all going into the holidays," he said.

Lundin added that no one was in the building when the fire broke out.

Firefighters returned to their respective stations by about 9 a.m. The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department crews stood by at their firehouse until 7:11 a.m.

 
 

 

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