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January 22, 2014

Mountain Lake Academy building deemed total loss

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“We had it knocked down with our first engine and had water issues, due to no hydrants out there.”

So the Essex County Tanker Task Force was called in; between 75 and 100 firefighters were at the fire, Favro said.

They were able to save one computer and some other miscellaneous items, he said.

‘ROOF COLLAPSED’

Crews initially tried to extinguish the flames from the interior of the upper story, the chief said.

“Once we got to our point, we didn’t feel it was safe to still be in there. We pulled everybody out once the floor started to sag.”

The roof had also begun to collapse, Favro said.

‘WEARING ON MANPOWER’

It was 14 degrees when the Lake Placid Fire Department arrived the chief said, but by the time they left, it was minus 4.

“It (the cold) was wearing our manpower down faster than it usually would,” Favro said. “We were cycling them in and out due to the cold weather.”

Departments responded from Wilmington, Keene, Upper Jay, Paul Smiths, Keene Valley, Bloomingdale, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. And the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department had a fire engine standing by Lake Placid’s station, and Tupper Lake’s department had one on standby for Saranac Lake.

The Lake Placid crews were back in service at 10:52 p.m.

“I tremendously appreciate the tireless work of the responding firemen,” Prevost said.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com or on Twitter: @FeliciaKrieg

 

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