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May 2, 2013

West Chazy blaze damages residence

WEST CHAZY — No one was home when a fire broke out at 960 Ashley Road early Wednesday afternoon.

As firefighters from West Chazy Volunteer Fire Department and other fire companies dealt with the blaze, some neighbors gathered around, waiting to find out what happened.

The front door was covered with ash.

Elizabeth Provost had left home at around 8:30 a.m., West Chazy Chief Kevin Girard said.

He said somebody in the area called 911. 

“We don’t know who it was exactly, but it may have been a neighbor.”

Girard said the fire started in the kitchen area, where the table was located.

“We don’t know what caused it yet. It’s still being investigated,” he said.

Girard said the rest of house suffered heavy smoke and water damage. 

Chris Rabideau, a next-door neighbor, said there were no flames when he got there; however, there was a lot of smoke.

Provost arrived home while the firefighters were putting out the fire.

“She just kind of sat down and watched,” Rabideau said. “She hopes for the best and that they’ll be able to save her house, but it doesn’t look like it.”

Later, Provost went to the home of her son Richard Duprey, who stood across the street from her house watching the aftermath of the incident.

“It’s too hot for her to be outside,” he said. “She is waiting at my house.”

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday.

Assisting West Chazy Fire Department were Beekmantown, Plattsburgh District 3, Chazy Fire Department and Mooers 25 Air.

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