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September 21, 2013

City fire burns tenant; displaces college students

PSU student hurt in Couch Street fire; apartment dwellers displaced

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Firefighters kept a fire watch at the property on Friday, in case it flared again; the main force headed back to stations between 6:30 and 7 a.m.

Barrett, a firefighter with the City Department for about five years, has entered a lot of burning buildings.

“Luckily, everybody’s been out of the house,” he said.

Having a part in rescuing Limato left Barrett feeling good, but very anxious as well.

“I’m really just hoping the girl is OK.”

— Staff Writer Joe LoTemplio contributed to this report.

COLLEGE HELPING STUDENTS The fire at 15 Couch St. early Friday displaced eight SUNY Plattsburgh students. "Our thoughts are with the residents of 15 Couch St. and especially the injured student, who was airlifted to Syracuse for treatment," President John Ettling said in a statement. "In the meantime, we are doing what we can to help. We have teamed up with the Plattsburgh College Foundation and College Auxiliary Services to provide the students with temporary residence and meal access; new textbooks and school supplies; and loaner computers." Project HELP and the Center for Student Involvement will host a meeting in at noon Tuesday in Cardinal Lounge in Angell Center for all campus groups wanting to help the displaced students. Contact Project HELP at 564-4830. Ettling also reminded students about fire safety, encouraging them to check out the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control website at http://www.dos.state.ny.us/fire/firewww.html.

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