August 29, 2013

Police Log: Aug. 29, 2013


LEWIS — A motor home registered to a Vermont address caught fire in the Town of Lewis Tuesday.

The Lewis Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at about 12:16 pm. The Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire Department assisted with a tanker.

The motor home, which had been heading northbound, was parked near mile marker 126 on Interstate 87.

The heat from the fire was so intense, it set off the pressure valves on propane tanks, worsening the fire, which had been minimal when firefighters arrived, Lewis Fire Department Chief Peter Evens said.

One Lewis firefighter was transported to the Elizabethtown Community Hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion, Evens said.

The fire started in the engine compartment, Evens said.

Lewis firefighters were back in the station at 1:32 p.m., he said.

The I-87 North Exit 32 off-ramp was closed from about 12:55 to 2:45 p.m., according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

No further information was available.

DANNEMORA — Flames destroyed an unused camping property located behind 43 Davis Road on Monday evening.

Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department, called out at 4:51 p.m., had mutual aid from crews from Cadyville and Saranac volunteer fire departments.

When about 30 firefighters arrived to the sight of the fire with brush trucks, the approximately 16-by-16-foot structure had been nearly burnt to the ground, Dannemora Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bruce Barber said.

Firefighters laid down a 2.5-inch line from the pumpers to the trucks before releasing water and foam onto the fire, Barber said. Using wild-land rakes, they pulled debris back into the structure to keep flames from spreading into the woods.

The embers, however, spread to hollowed-out trees nearby, Barber said. Firefighters used chainsaws to cut down the trees before extinguishing the flames.

Barber stressed the structure fire could have led to a wildland fire had severe winds been an issue. He also said rainfall prior to the fire had dampened the brushes allowing flames to be better contained.

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