By CHRIS FASOLINO
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Facing frigid temperatures Friday evening, firefighters battled two serious fires: one in AuSable Forks and one in the Wallace Hill area of Plattsburgh.
The AuSable Forks fire was reported at about 6 p.m. at the home of Howard and Amy Drake, 28 Golf Course Road.
The fire departments of AuSable Forks, Keeseville, Jay, Upper Jay, Peru and South Plattsburgh responded, with Wilmington on standby at the Keeseville Fire Department.
Witnesses said that flames were showing through the roof of the house, and that the fire then spread to a nearby structure, likely a barn or garage. The icy conditions also caused problems, witnesses said, with firefighters slipping and struggling to get equipment into place.
Firefighters initially fought the fire with hoses from the ground, and then attempted to use an aerial truck, witnesses said.
The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross reported that assistance was being provided to two adults affected by the fire, including food, clothing, shoes, and seasonal garments.
STAFFORD ROAD FIRE
In Plattsburgh, a fire was reported at about 6:55 p.m at 310 Stafford Road.
The fire departments of District 3, City of Plattsburgh, Beekmantown, Cumberland Head and Morrisonville responded, with West Chazy, Cadyville and South Plattsburgh on standby, and Dannemora, Chazy, West Chazy and Altona sending personnel and equipment.
According to Clinton County Dispatch, two ambulances transported persons to CVPH Medical Center; it was not known if they were firefighters or civilians. No information about extent of injuries or condition was available.
Dispatcher Jim Garrant said that, because of the frigid conditions, crews of firefighters would be rotated on and off, returning to the fire stations to warm up. Rehab stations were being set up at the fire stations.
“There, they can get something warm to drink, and try and thaw out,” Garrant said.
Although both fires were said to have been serious, no description of damage or information about injuries was available Friday night.