DANNEMORA — Flames destroyed an unused camping property located behind 43 Davis Road on Monday evening.
Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department, called out at 4:51 p.m., had mutual aid from crews from Cadyville and Saranac volunteer fire departments.
When about 30 firefighters arrived to the sight of the fire with brush trucks, the approximately 16-by-16-foot structure had been nearly burnt to the ground, Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bruce Barber said.
Firefighters laid down a 2.5-inch line from the pumpers to the trucks before releasing water and foam onto the fire, Barber said. Using wild-land rakes, they pulled debris back into the structure to keep flames from spreading into the woods.
The embers, however, spread to hollowed-out trees nearby, Barber said. Firefighters used chainsaws to cut down the trees before extinguishing the flames.
Barber stressed the structure fire could have led to a wildland fire had severe winds been an issue. He also said rainfall prior to the fire had dampened the brushes allowing flames to be better contained.
Firefighters were back to stations at about 7:22 pm, Barber said.
Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire or how it spread as of Monday evening, Barber said. The property belonged to David and Brenda Donah, according to the website of the Clinton County Real Property.
Barber said David reported the fire and the structure had not been used for years.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Contributing Writers Javier Simon, Ben Rowe and Chris Fasolino