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March 26, 2014

Police Log: March 26, 2013 — Fire

PLATTSBURGH — A fire that led to water damage in an apartment Monday left two Plattsburgh residents homeless.

They received food and lodging from volunteers from the North Country chapter of the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

The Plattsburgh City Fire Department was dispatched to 64 Elizabeth St. in Plattsburgh at 1:51 p.m. and units were back in service by 2:39 p.m., said City Fire Department Lt. Shawn Clark.

Firefighters rescued a dog from the residence, putting the animal in the fire engine to keep it warm until the tenants arrived, Clark said.

The Fire Department declined to release the tenants’ names.

No one appears to have been home when the fire started, but firefighters found a charred pizza box and the remnants of a range hood over the stove in the kitchen of the apartment, Clark said.

The fire set off two sprinklers next to the kitchen and they put out the fire, but left 2 to 3 inches of water in the apartment, he said.

The sprinklers were just recently installed as part of renovations to the apartment building, Clark said.

Jeffrey Latinville owns the building, according to the Clinton County Real Property Office website.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg

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