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July 6, 2013

Kids playing with lighter started fatal fire



“There were reports from 911 callers of explosions or loud pops,” which is not unusual, Day said.

The sounds could be attributed to many household items, including aerosol cans.

“In this case, maybe an oxygen cylinder, given that there were elderly or folks with medical conditions.”

Fire investigators and State Police Forensic Investigation Unit investigators were at the fire site Friday collecting evidence.

A fire’s size doubles about every one to two minutes, Day said.

As to whether the fire spread unusually fast, he said: “It would be speculation to say that it spread any quicker than a fire would in any other home.”

“If doors and windows are open, it adds draft, and that increases the speed at which the fire can travel through a residence.”

Investigators are trying to figure out if that was a contributing factor in the rate at which the fire spread, Day said.


Firefighters from District 3, Beekmantown, South Plattsburgh, Morrisonville, West Chazy and Cumberland Head all worked in heavy rain and humidity to try to quell the fire. It was extinguished in about 45 minutes.

Continuing the investigation are the New York State Police, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office, Clinton County fire investigators and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

It was unknown Friday whether the Swiesz family had received Red Cross assistance or where they were staying. 

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

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