BY AMY HEGEN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
---- — SARANAC — The exterior of a residence at 77 No. 37 Road was already ablaze when firefighters arrived just past 8 p.m. Saturday.
Although no one was injured during the fire at the home of Keith Tedford and his wife, the family lost their dog in the blaze, said Saranac Volunteer Fire Department Lt. James Terry.
Mr. Tedford was the only person home when he went to check the wood boiler and noticed the building was on fire,Terry said.
Saranac, Cadyville, AuSable Forks, Morrisonville, Lyon Mountain, Ellenburg Depot, South Plattsburgh and Dannemora fire departments responded, while Bloomingdale, District 3 and Peru fire departments were on standby. Approximately 30 firefighters were on scene.
The fire trucks were en route quickly, but the location of the home meant it took longer for their arrival.
“It’s at the furthest end of our district, up in a rural area,” Terry said.
The back northwest corner of the house and the basement near the outdoor wood boiler were in flames when the firefighters arrived, and the fire had spread to the inside.
Terry said he believes the structure is a total loss and the cause of the fire was the wood boiler, although it’s still under investigation.
“Once we got water flowing, it took about an hour and a half to get it under control,” Terry said.
The property was insured, and the Tedfords are staying with family, Terry said.
The fire department was back in service at about 1:30 a.m.