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June 19, 2014

Fire destroys Schroon Lake camp

SCHROON LAKE — The cause of a fire that destroyed a camp on Schroon Lake on Tuesday remained under investigation a day later.

The Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Department was called to 1520 Adirondack Road at 12:27 p.m., according to Essex County Dispatch.

Crews arrived soon after to find the one-story camp fully involved, said Fire Chief Rodney Secor.

"It was raining and thundering and lightning when we got that call," he said. "If anything, it (the rain) helped us."

No one was in the camp, which measured about 40 by 60 feet, when the fire started, and no one was injured, Secor said.

It's in a remote location on the lake.

About 40 firefighters attacked the flames from the outside.

The camp is owned by Joan Spear, who lives in Loudonville, near Albany, according to the Essex County Real Property Office.

The property is valued at almost $50,000.

Secor said he spoke with the owner on Wednesday morning, and she would be driving to Schroon Lake to assess the damage.

He didn't know if the Spear has insurance.

Providing mutual aid were fire departments from North Hudson, Chilson and Pottersville.

The Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Department was back in service at around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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