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March 9, 2014

Blaze damages redemption center

DANNEMORA — A fire that damaged the Reisdorf Redemption Center in Dannemora Friday night appears to have started in the business’s cooler.

The cause remained under investigation by Clinton County fire investigators Saturday, but it does not seem to be suspicious, said Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Bruce Barber.

No one was injured.

‘DRIVER SAW SMOKE’

Crews were dispatched at 7:20 p.m.; the Redemption Center was closed for business at the time of dispatch, Barber said.

Someone driving by had seen smoke coming from the 939 Route 374 building and knocked on the door of Jim Raudenbush, who lives next door to the building, Barber said.

Raudenbush called 911.

“From what my officers tell me, they had flames out the back wall and they were up above the roof and the building was full of smoke.”

The fire was extinguished 10 minutes after firefighters arrived, he said.

‘CAN REPAIR’

The cooler where the fire sparked was full of beverages, he said, and they have been damaged by smoke.

While there is water and smoke damage inside, it is not a total loss, Barber said.

Owners Jeff and Amy Reisdorf have insurance, he said.

“They can (likely) repair the structure,” the chief said. “I’m sure they’ll be closed for a while.”

‘NO FREEZE UPS’

Bitterly cold temperatures in past weeks caused some problems for firefighters but a break in the cold helped in the firefighting effort, Barber said.

“We didn’t have any freeze ups or anything like that and we had plenty of water and no wind so that was in our favor.”

The Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department wasn’t back in service until 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

“Overhaul process took quite a while,” Barber said.

Departments from Cadyville, Saranac, Morrisonville, Lyon Mountain responded as mutual aid and South Plattsburgh brought an air truck in case the firefighters needed to fill their packs.

Lyon Mountain firefighters stood by at Dannemora’s station and District 3 stood by at Cadyville’s station.

“It was a job well done by all the guys that were at the scene. Everybody worked super hard and we had a good turnout.”

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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