August 29, 2013

Police Log: Aug. 29, 2013


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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.

Firefighters were back to stations at about 7:22 pm, Barber said.

Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire or how it spread as of Monday evening, Barber said. The property belonged to David and Brenda Donah, according to the website of the Clinton County Real Property.

Barber said David reported the fire and the structure had not been used for years.


FORT COVINGTON — A Fort Covington man was charged with criminal contempt Aug. 23 for allegedly violating an order of protection.

Police arrested Bruce W. Jock, 32, on Center Street at about 5:10 a.m., according to a State Police blotter entry.

He was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony.

Jock allegedly violated an order of protection when he visited the residence of 71 Center St., State Police said.

He was arraigned in Fort Covington and committed to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Jock is scheduled to reappear in court on Sep. 3.

— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Contributing Writers Javier Simon, Ben Rowe and Chris Fasolino