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March 16, 2013

Tupper Lake couple loses longtime home to fire

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The Flaggs raised five children in their family home. All but one of them live in Tupper Lake.

“They’re looking to rebuild, hopefully on the same foundation, which is surprising,” Gene said. “Dad’s 74 years old.”

His folks are staying with his brother Ray and his wife, Abbie, for the time being, and the children had all gathered to be with them on Friday.

Abby said the American Red Cross had been over to offer assistance.

And Kinney Drugs helped the Flaggs replace the medication that they lost in the fire.

The family had not sought donations from the community.

“They’re modest,” Abbie said of her in-laws.

“They still in shock. But everyone has been so helpful.”

‘CLEARLY ELECTRICAL’

The elder Mr. Flagg worked for many years at the former Veterans Administration hospital, which later became Sunmount. He stayed on when the facility was switched over to the State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Gene said.

The family has spent a lifetime on Cedar Street.

“One of my officers estimated the house was an 85 percent loss,” Tupper Lake Police Chief Eric Proulx said.

The Franklin County Cause and Origin Team was not needed for further investigation.

“We did have a fire investigator from our department on scene. It was clearly electrical in origin,” Picerno said.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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