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September 10, 2013

Quick knockdown saves 1 apartment in duplex

ELLENBURG DEPOT — Tina Recore opened her door, looking for the source of the smoke she and her sister Dora Guerin smelled as they were watching a movie on Sunday evening.

“The smoke rolled right in,” Recore said. “When we went out on the porch, it was totally gray.”

But they could see Guerin’s kitchen — in the other half of the duplex, where the sisters live side by side — was engulfed by fire.

“The flames were coming out like crazy,” Recore said. “It was scary.”

She rushed for her phone and punched out 911.

“The Fire Department, they got here in less than 10 minutes,” she said. “They kept (the fire) from going over to my apartment, which was very good, because then we both would have lost everything.”


As it was, Guerin’s five cats — Sisco, Trevor, Peaches, Talker and Smoky — died in the fire that destroyed the unit, and about all she was able to salvage were some treasured photographs.

“Her bedroom door was closed, and they were in a cabinet,” Recore said, standing with her sister in their yard and talking to the Press-Republican on a cellphone. 

“That’s the only thing she got.”


It seemed the blaze sparked from a dryer fire, Ellenburg Depot Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Louis LaValley said on Monday.

His fire company was called out at 8:25 p.m. and arrived at 8:30 p.m. to find fire roaring through the apartment.

Firefighters began the effort from the outside but moved inside as the flames diminished, the chief said.

Assisting the Ellenburg Depot were crews from Ellenburg Center, Altona, Churubusco, Dannemora and Mooers.

“We knocked it down quick, saved at least one side,” LaValley said.

Firefighters rolled back into the station at about 10:10 p.m., Clinton County Dispatch said.

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