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January 26, 2014

Rented house in Tupper Lake seriously damaged by fire

TUPPER LAKE — An early morning fire seriously damaged a rented First Street home Saturday.

At 1:25 a.m. Tupper Lake Fire Department responded to the alarm from 34 First St., sending two trucks. Mutual aid was provided by Piercefield Fire Department in St. Lawrence County.

There were no injuries to firefighters or to the renter. However, a dog died in the fire.

The house was rented by Matthew Burnham, who did not request Red Cross assistance. Burnham is staying with family. He did not have renters’ insurance, according to Tupper Lake Police.

The living room area was gutted by fire; the rest of the house was affected by heat and smoke damage, police reported.

Tupper Lake Fire Chief Royce Cole described the interior of the house as “heavily damaged.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Cole described fighting the fire as “a quick knockdown.”

Firefighters had stretched out two handlines, Cole said, but ended up using only one.

“We entered the building, and within five to 10 minutes, the fire was completely out.”

Piercefield Fire Department sent an air system to the scene, as well as sending an engine and manpower to the Tupper Lake Fire House.

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