May 15, 2013

Peru home destroyed by fire


---- — PERU — A single-story residence in Peru was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

Peru Fire Department was dispatched to 703 Fuller Road at 2:06 a.m., Peru Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brian Westover said, after a passer-by reported the fire to authorities.

Upon arrival, “it was a fully involved structure fire.”

About 30 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

Westover said the structure was valued between $80,000 and $100,000.

Providing mutual aid at the site of the blaze were the Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department and the South Plattsburgh Volunteer Fire Department, which brought their air truck to refill the firefighters’ tanks with compressed air.

The cause is still under investigation, Westover said, but it does not appear to be suspicious.

No one was injured in the fire that consumed the 28-by-50-foot home, he said.

“As far as we know, it was an unoccupied residence,” said New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Matthew Dandrow.

Troopers responded to the fire as a precaution, he said, adding that is routine for late-night or early morning fires in case anyone is hurt.

As of yet, police are not investigating the Fuller Road fire.

“We are waiting to hear from fire investigators,” Dandrow said. “We don’t have a (cause) determination as of yet.”

The AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department was on standby at Keeseville’s station and South Plattsburgh was standing by at Peru’s station.

The Peru fire chief said his department was back in service by 5 a.m.

Email Felicia