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September 25, 2013

Fire thwarted at Lake Placid ski jumps

LAKE PLACID — An early morning fire damaged the pool supply building at the ski jumps here Tuesday.

The property is part of the ski jumping complex at the McKenzie-Intervale facility managed by Olympic Regional Development Authority.

Fire officials reported the call came in at 6:30 a.m., and Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded with three trucks and 26 firefighters.

“When we arrived, there was a fully involved fire that had started in the first-floor tool area and extended to the second floor through the wall,” Fire Department paid driver Matt Colby said. 

The department received mutual-aid assistance from the Saranac Lake and Keene fire departments. Colby said they used about 3,800 gallons of water to fight the fire. 

ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin said a member of the cleaning staff discovered the blaze and called it in.

“The fire was extinguished before 9 a.m., and the Essex County fire investigator is still determining the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage,” he said.

He said the building is insured, and ORDA will repair and reopen it at a later date.

The fire doesn’t affect any upcoming events, Lundin said.

Lake Placid’s fire equipment was back in service at 11:50 a.m.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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