“The neighbors are getting smoked out,” Jaquish said.
No people were injured in the fire but two pets, a cat and a small rodent, were not able to be saved, Perky said.
The family’s two dogs were being housed at a kennel and were not in the home, Jaquish said.
The investigation was only in its preliminary stages Saturday afternoon.
“We still have to dig through all that debris down there,” McGovern said.
He had just taken pictures of the remnants.
The home was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Jaquish said.
NO RENTER’S INSURANCE
Jaquish said the home’s owner, Nadim Dergham, has homeowner’s insurance but renter Basem Hack does not have renter’s insurance.
Jaquish spoke with both men.
“He was beside himself,” Jaquish said of Hack. “I go to so many fires where they (renters) think the homeowners insurance covers their stuff.”
“Their face turns white when you tell them they’re not covered.”
Jaquish recommends all renters buy insurance, which he said is usually quite affordable.
STAYING WITH FAMILY
Hack had moved to the home with his wife and her two children from Florida in February, Jaquish said.
They had just recently sold their Florida home, he said.
Hack declined Red Cross assistance, saying he and his wife and two children would be staying with relatives in the area, Perky said.
Departments aiding Keeseville firefighters in the effort at the fire site were Peru, South Plattsburgh, Willsboro and AuSable Forks, with Willsboro also standing by with another fire truck at Keeseville’s station.
Fire departments in Jay and Upper Jay were on standby.
The Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department was back in service at about 11:30 a.m.
FIRE PREVIOUS NIGHT
The previous night, a fire broke out not far from Kessal Park Road at a rental home at 3061 Main St. in Peru.