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January 20, 2013

Ti blaze destroys home, garage

TICONDEROGA — A wind-driven fire destroyed both a home and garage at 4 The Portage in Ticonderoga Saturday afternoon.

Three firefighters suffered injuries during the six-hour battle to knock down the flames. All three were treated at Moses Ludington Hospital and released, Essex County Fire Investigator Joe Norton said.

Ticonderoga Fire Department’s Public Information Officer Matt Watts said one firefighter had overexposure to the cold, another suffered a head injury and broken leg, and the third suffered from a minor leg injury.

The fire was called in at 1:08 p.m. and it took the fire department 2 minutes to arrive.

Six hours later and with the help of more than a half-dozen surrounding fire companies, the blaze was extinguished.

“It (wind) happened to be going in the right direction at the wrong time,” Norton said. 

In addition to the Ticonderoga Fire Department, Port Henry, Putnam, Crown Point, Hague and Chilson also responded to the site.

Ticonderoga Fire Assistant Chief Steve Burroughs said the Fire Department needed as much help as they could get.

“We had a lot of wind, and we were fighting that,” Burroughs said.

A water main break further complicated the effort. The Town of Ticonderoga fixed the pipes quickly, however the lack of water affected firefighters, changing their source of water from hydrants to portable tanks filled with lake water.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though it appears to be accidental, Norton said.

John Scuderi is listed as the owner of the home.

All occupants were escorted from the house safely, Norton said.

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