Police, Fire, Courts

March 8, 2014

Family displaced after Chazy house fire

CHAZY — Fire officials say a house fire at 256 Trombly Lane on Friday appeared to get its start in a bedroom.

The cause remained under investigation.

While the outside of the two-story raised ranch-style home didn’t show much damage, Chazy Fire Chief Mike Cahoon said, the structure suffered substantially from smoke and water inside.

“The one half of the house took a lot of fire damage, and rest is all smoke and water (damage).”

He said he couldn’t speculate as to whether the home is a total loss.

Michael J. Lynch lives there with one other adult and two school-age children; no one was home when the fire started.

The property is insured, Cahoon said.

Clinton County Dispatch called out the Chazy Volunteer Fire Department at about 1:20 p.m., then quickly summoned a tanker task force.

A half-hour or so effort knocked down the flames; at 2:30 p.m., firefighters remained at the property, making sure the fire was out.

About 35 firefighters were on the fire site at one point, Cahoon said.

Numerous fire trucks and smaller vehicles surrounded the property Friday afternoon, and drivers passing by on Route 9 slowed when they saw the flashing lights.

Assisting Chazy were departments from Altona, Beekmantown, Champlain, Rouses Point, Cumberland Head, Mooers and West Chazy. The Mooers air truck was there, as well.

Cadyville, Plattsburgh District 3 and Alburg, Vt., were on standby.

Cahoon said the Lynch family will be staying with family or friends and did not require Red Cross assistance as of Friday afternoon.

The chief said he appreciated the help from the mutual-aid companies.

“Great mutual-aid turnout. Great response.”

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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