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August 27, 2013

Firefighters battle flames in Dannemora

DANNEMORA — Firefighters on four-wheelers made their way to a burning structure at the back of a property at 43 Davis Road on Monday evening.

Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department, called out at 4:51 p.m., had mutual aid from crews from Cadyville and Saranac volunteer fire departments.

When about 30 firefighters arrived to the sight of the fire with brush trucks, the approximately 16 by 16 feet structure had been nearly burnt to the ground, said Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bruce Barber. 

Firefighters laid down a 2.5-inch line from the pumpers to the trucks before releasing water and foam onto the fire, Barber said. Using wild-land rakes, they pulled debris back into the structure to keep flames from spreading into the woods. 

The embers, however, spread to hollowed-out trees nearby, Barber said. Firefighters used chainsaws to cut down the trees before extinguishing the flames. 

Barber stressed the structure fire could have led to a wildland fire had severe winds been an issue. He also said rainfall prior to the fire had dampened the brushes allowing flames to be better contained. 

An hour and a half later, the effort was continuing, according to Clinton County Dispatch.

Firefighters were back to stations at about 7:22 pm, Barber said.

The Clinton County Real Property website says the property belongs to David and Brenda Donah.

Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire or how it spread as of Monday evening, Barber said. The property belonged to David and Brenda Donah, according to the website of the Clinton County Real Property. 

Barber said David reported the structure had not been used for years.

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