June 6, 2013

Fire victims plan to rebuild


---- — LYON MOUNTAIN — A Lyon Mountain couple left homeless after a fire on Tuesday said they plan to rebuild.

Homeowner Brian Brassard and his girlfriend, Brianna Rabideau, had lived in the house for three years and have no homeowners insurance.

“It’s been really, really hard, very difficult,” Rabideau said. “It doesn’t seem real at all. (It’s) one of those things that you never think is going to happen to you.”

She and Brassard have been staying with family since the fire.

The cause of the blaze was still under investigation Wednesday, Lyon Mountain Fire Chief Ron Chase said.


Brassard and Rabideau were both at work at Salerno Plastics Corp. in Plattsburgh when the fire broke out early Tuesday afternoon.

The Lyon Mountain Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Second Street just before 1:50 p.m. after Regina Agoney, a neighbor, discovered the blaze and called 911.

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross provided Brassard and Rabideau with immediate emergency aid that included comfort kits and financial assistance for food and clothing, the Red Cross said in a news release.

Brassard has a 4-year-old daughter, Laurelie Brassard, and her mother, Angelia Staley, said she learned about the fire via a Facebook message and then immediately called Brian. 


Brassard and Rabideau were at the property Wednesday afternoon cleaning out what remained of their home at 9 Second St.

“Everyone is gutting the house now,” Rabideau said via cellphone as she stood inside the charred structure.

“It’s really strange,” she said. “Just really difficult seeing everything we own is completely gone now.”

The couple were able to salvage only a few belongings, Rabideau said.

“They’re all not in good shape.”

Laurelie lost clothing and toys she kept at her father’s home, Staley said.

She said she is setting up a special donation fund to help replace those items.

“She had so much there,” Staley said. “I used to live there before, and that’s where her toys were. I didn’t take anything when I left.”


Staley said Laurelie hasn’t been able to grasp the fact that her home is gone.

“She just didn’t understand.”

Staley said she showed Laurelie pictures of the burned house to help explain the situation.

“She looked at it and said, “Why? Why did it happen?”

“I said sometimes bad things happen to good people.”

The iguana named Iggy that died in the fire was Laurelie’s pet, as was a snake, Staley said.

The three dogs — Peety, Moose and Harley — were saved by neighbors.

Staley explained to her daughter that the important thing is that no one was hurt.

“All the important things are here,” she said. “Everybody’s going to come together to make sure she has what she needs.”

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