TUPPER LAKE - Fire destroyed a home at 265 Hosley Ave. here early Sunday morning.
Members of the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 2:30 a.m. after someone visiting a neighbor's home saw the flames. Members from the fire department were on the scene within minutes, Chief Carl Steffen said.
The house was owned by Alice Weeks, who lives in the Saranac Village at Will Rogers independent living center in Saranac Lake. No one was living in the house when the fire broke out, and no one was injured in the blaze.
Police officers watch as firefighters battle a blaze at an unoccupied house at 265 Hosley Ave., Tupper Lake early Sunday morning.
(Photo — Jim Lanthier)
Steffen said the flames were about 100 feet high and the roof of the house had already caved in when he arrived. A few heavily charred, structural components are all that remains.
Franklin County Fire Investigation Unit officials were unable to determine the point of origin or cause of the fire.
"Sometimes a structure can be burned to the ground and you can still trace back to a point of origin," Steffen said. "You might not be able to determine the cause, but you can at least tell where it started. In this case there was so much burned across the entire structure that there was no way to determine, from the charring, where it began."
The Piercefield Volunteer Fire Department provided assistance and members from the Long Lake Fire Department were on standby at the Tupper Lake station. The Cranberry Lake Fire and Rescue Department covered the Piercefield station.
The Tupper Lake department was back in service at 10:30 a.m.
Contact Shaun Kittle at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.