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January 26, 2013

Firefighters combat Boatworks fire in bitter cold



State fire inspectors from the Office of Fire Prevention and Control came up from Albany.

Officer John Fairclough said they were called in about 4 a.m. and brought a canine unit with his dog, named Ashes, to help investigate the cause of the fire.

“We do know it started in the back in, we think, in the Boatworks,” Jaquish said.


Displaced businesses includes Rick’s Taxi service. But co-owner Carisa Fedorova said they remain in operation.

“We are open for business. People can call Rick’s for a taxi: 523-4741.”

One of the drivers who answered the phone said everyone calling had expressed concern and he thanked the community for the outpouring, saying they were executing a “little North Country resiliency.”

Fedorova said all of their taxi vehicles are safe. But their dispatch office shared a wall with the Boatworks.

“We’re ready to get in there and see if we can save anything,” she said.

“Currently we’re just in the process of keeping our options open. We’ll either relocate or rebuild with the owner of the Boatworks building, Joe (Moore). He’s a great guy.” 


By late morning, a spit of fire sputtered under one of the eves over the Boatworks door, and firefighter Todd Bissonette unrolled a hose and doused the hot spot.

Lake Placid Fire Chief Liane Colby said the response was supported by village electric, water and highway crews who helped secure the area for their work.

“It takes a village to fight a fire,” Colby said.

“The fire crews did an excellent job,” LaHart said, looking at the ice-coated structure.

The chiefs thanked all area firefighters who crawled out of warm homes in the early morning to come help without being paid and some missing a day’s work.

Fortunately, no firefighters were injured, despite the bitter cold.

“Anybody who comes out in this ...,” Liane said, leaving the sentence unfinished.

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