February 4, 2013

Possible electrical fire destroys Ti log home


---- — TICONDEROGA — A fire destroyed a log home just off Route 74, west of the Village of Ticonderoga, Sunday morning.

The fire started at about 8 a.m. at 28 Lead Hill. Owner Paul Merfeld was home at the time but was able to escape safely.

Firefighters from Crown Point, Hague, Chilson and Schroon Lake assisted the Ticonderoga Fire Department. Essex County fire investigators, Ticonderoga Emergency Medical Service and Ticonderoga Police Department were also present. Putnam firefighters were called to stand by. 

Ticonderoga Fire Chief Jeff Burns said that, because there was no fire hydrant close by, all of the assisting fire departments were needed to help supply water.

The house fire took four to four and a half hours to put out, First Assistant Fire Chief Matt Watts said.

He said the fire started in the back of the house on the first floor, but was difficult to put out because it spread quickly. Furthermore, the different layering in the ceiling and roof made it more difficult for the approximate 45 firefighters helping.

The single-degree temperature was the only weather complication factoring into the fire; freezing water made conditions treacherous, Watts said.

“We were able to keep everything going,” he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, the fire is believed to be accidental and of electrical origins, Watts said.

Burns said the cause of the fire is not suspicious. No one was injured in the fire.

The American Red Cross is helping Merfeld with housing and other necessities.