February 1, 2014

Fire leaves one homeless

PERU — A fire late Thursday night destroyed a home here.

Around 11:10 p.m., Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department rushed to 29 Haven Lane, after the homeowner called to report the blaze there, Keeseville Fire Chief David Perky said.

According to Perky, the fire had burst through the roof by the time firefighters arrived.

Assisting Keeseville was a tanker task force consisting of departments from AuSable Forks, Peru, South Plattsburgh and Willsboro.

Firefighting was focused on the interior of the home, which is owned by James Diskin III.

“The interior crew made a pretty good knockdown, but then it was a pretty extensive overhaul because they had insulation and everything everywhere,” Perky said.

Putting out the fire went smoothly, he said, with a temperature of 25 degrees easing the recent challenge from bitter cold.

The structure was a total loss, the chief said, with the attic destroyed by the fire and the lower level of the home suffering extensive water damage.

No injuries were reported.

Diskin declined Red Cross assistance, Perky said, but does have homeowners insurance.

Keeseville firefighters were back in service by 2:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Friday night, the chief said.

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