TUPPER LAKE — A raging fire destroyed the home at 265 Hosley Ave. here despite the efforts of nearly 40 firefighters.
Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Carl Steffen said the 911 call came in about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, made by a person leaving a neighbor’s house nearby.
“I was the first firefighter on scene,” the chief said, and even then, flames were leaping 100 feet into the air.
“The flames were above the tops of the trees,” Steffen said. “The roof of the house had already fallen in. It was fully involved.”
Firefighters from Tupper Lake worked with mutual-aid crews from Piercefield Volunteer Fire Department to fight the blaze for hours.
It appeared no one was home when the fire broke out, officials said, and they were not certain that anyone had lived there for some time.
The structure is a complete loss.
“There is nothing left of the house,” the chief said early Monday.
The owner of the home is an older woman, Alice Weeks, who lives at the Saranac Village at Will Rogers Independent Living Center in Saranac Lake.
The Franklin County Cause and Origin team was at the Hosley Ave. site on Sunday.
“They were unable to determine an origin or a cause because there was so much damage,” Tupper’s fire chief said of the ongoing investigation.
Crews from Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department covered Tupper Lake’s station during the fire. Cranberry Lake firefighters stood by at the Piercefield station.
“We also had Tupper Lake Police Department on scene helping with attempts to locate family,” Steffen said.
And the Tupper Lake Emergency Squad stood by at the fire to support fire personnel.
Tupper Lake’s fire equipment was back in service about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
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