ROUSES POINT — Marc Chapman says he will rebuild what he can of the former Saxony — his home and music studio.
Keeseville engineer Thomas LaBombard, he said, “has said that the building can be salvaged from the third floor down.”
The four-story structure at the intersection of Champlain and Lake streets in Rouses Point caught fire early April 22. Marc, his wife, Suzanne Flett, and her daughter, Erin Flett, were asleep in their top-floor apartment when fire-truck sirens woke them.
Erin saw flames through a skylight in a hallway, and the family escaped safely.
“It’s been a devastating thing to lose your home in an hour and a half,” Marc said.
The blaze destroyed the roof and much of the fourth floor, and there is smoke and water damage elsewhere in the large building, but there has been an outpouring of support from friends and community members since then.
“I can’t believe the number of people that have offered their help,” Marc said.
A benefit for Marc, Suzanne and Erin is set for Sunday at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall in Altona.
“Everything is going straight to Marc,” said Sue Welch, one of the benefit organizers.
“We’re trying to rebuild slowly but surely,” Marc said.
LaBombard is drawing up the demolition and construction plans, he said, and submitted an analysis of the structure to the Village of Rouses Point for the fate of the building.
“I have informed them that I would like to get my demolition permit as soon as possible,” Marc said.
Soon after the fire, Rouses Point Code Enforcement Officer Clifford Sterling deemed the building unsafe, as he does with any structure that is seriously damaged.
He said he has looked over LaBombard’s report but will wait until all required official documents have been received to talk with Marc and the engineer.