November 30, 2013

Police: Two city fires may be connected

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Police said Friday they believe two fires that broke out in the City of Plattsburgh early Friday are connected.

“We’re still working on it,” Police Chief Desmond Racicot said Friday evening. “Police are investigating jointly with the (SUNY Plattsburgh) University Police Department.”

Arson had not been ruled out as the cause of the two fires, authorities said.

“There were some indications (of suspicious origin) but nothing confirmed,” Plattsburgh City Fire Department Lt. Shawn Clark said.

The first fire, reported at 3:53 a.m., involved a pickup truck in the SUNY Plattsburgh heating-plant lot off Sanborn Avenue.


“While they were fighting that fire, another alarm went off,” he said.

That alarm sounded at 4:05 a.m. and was for a house fire at 87 Lafayette St. A resident suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, Clark said.

He hadn’t yet heard how she was doing, he said.

Most damage to the home was on the exterior, he believed.


The truck, a Chevy C/K 1500 owned by SUNY Plattsburgh and used for maintenance work, was left charred inside and badly damaged on the outside. 

Michelle Ouellette, director of public relations and publications for the college, said she couldn’t discuss the fire since it was under investigation.

There were no other injuries at either fire, Racicot said.

Crews were back in service at 5:04 a.m.


The house fire marked the third blaze the City Fire Department turned out for in about 24 hours — the first was a machine fire at Georgia Pacific at about 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Firefighters, Clark said, “got that under control in short order. They were back in service by 5 p.m.”

— Staff Writer Felicia Krieg contributed to this report.

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