Police, Fire, Courts

August 31, 2013

Fire damages Peru home

PLATTSBURGH — The cause of a fire that heavily damaged a house in Peru Friday night is under investigation.

The call came in for structure fire at a rental home at 3061 Main St. at about 6:20 p.m., said Peru Fire Chief Brian Westover.

First Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Williams said a passer-by reported the fire and it appears to have started in the kitchen.

Williams said the home will “more than likely” be a total loss.

Westover said he didn’t think anyone was home when it started and no one was injured.

No pets were known to be in the building, either, Westover said.

Westover, who left the fire site at about 9:15 p.m., said roughly 50 firefighters responded to help fight the blaze.

Providing mutual aid to the Peru Volunteer Fire Department were departments from South Plattsburgh, Keeseville and Morrisonville.

Just before 7:30 p.m., dispatch called an engine and crew from District 3 to stand by at the fire station in Peru.

No further information was available at press time.

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

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