Press-Republican

February 2, 2014

Saranac Lake apartments, Chinese restaurant damaged by fire

By BEN ROWE
Press-Republican

---- — SARANAC LAKE — Two apartments and the No. 1 Chinese Restaurant were damaged after a fire broke out in a third floor apartment Saturday morning.

Around 10:30 a.m., members of the Saranac Lake Fire Department responded to the report of a fire at 7 Bloomingdale Ave.

Saranac Lake Fire Chief Brendan Keough said firefighters arrived to find the fire burning in the third story apartment.

“Flames were shooting out of the front two windows of the building,” Keough said.

There were no injuries and Keough said the residents of the building had been evacuated before firefighters had arrived. 

Firefighting focused on the interior of the building and the fire was contained to the third floor, he said. The fire was mostly extinguished within 45 minutes and the Saranac Lake station was back in service by 3 p.m.

“The guys did a great job,” Keough said.

Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department provided manpower and an additional ladder truck while also standing by with a pumper and firefighters at the Saranac Lake Station. Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department also provided additional manpower.

All together, Keough said there were roughly 50 firefighters at the location, assisted by the two ladder trucks from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. 

The front of the third floor apartment and the front of the building had severe fire damage, Keough said. The second floor suffered heavy water and smoke damage while the first floor restaurant suffered mostly smoke damage with some minor water damage.

The nearby Romano’s Saranac Lanes bowling alley reported some water damage, Keough said, but firefighters were able to keep the fire itself from spreading to the structure. 

Owner Jeff Romano said cleanup at the alley was going well and business was strong Saturday evening. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said. 

The tenants of the third floor apartment were staying with friends, Keough said. He was not aware of the plans of the restaurant managers who had been residing in the second story apartment. 

He did not know if any of the tenants had insurance.