November 13, 2012

Accidents, fires keep responders busy


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Area police and fire departments were busy Monday night with several accidents and fires.


A woman sustained a head injury and another woman was also hurt in a two-car accident at about 5:40 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Boynton Avenue and North Catherine Street in the City of Plattsburgh.

Both were transported to CVPH Medical Center for treatment.

A Honda Civic was heading south into the city from Route 374 when a Chevrolet sedan ran a red light at the intersection and struck the Honda, Sgt. Kevin Riley of the Plattsburgh City Police Department said. The Chevy came to rest on the lawn of 5300 North Catherine St., and the Honda was in the roadway.

Neither car had any occupants other than the drivers, whose names were not available Monday night.

Because the door of the Chevy was wedged and rescue workers couldn’t get the woman out of her car from the passenger side, the Jaws of Life device was used to extricate her, Riley said.

CVPH ambulance and City EMS transported the two women separately.

State Police began directing traffic shortly after the accident, as ambulances, police cars and fire trucks clogged city streets. Traffic moved slowly.


Just before that, police and rescue crews were called to Morrisonville, where a car had struck a pedestrian; that happened just before 5:30 p.m. near 1806 Military Turnpike.

One person was injured, but it was not life-threatening, according to a State Police.

No further information was available.


Fire destroyed a one-story seasonal hunting camp Monday on Smoke Rise Drive in Beekmantown, a dead-end road. Several area fire departments were called to that fire off Military Turnpike.

The camp, a building taking up about 400 square feet, belongs to Armand Manner of Beekmantown. Beekmantown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Darryl Menard said. Manner was not at the residence at the time of the fire but was at the camp earlier that day, Menard said. 

The Beekmantown department arrived to the fully involved fire at about 5 p.m, Menard said. When they received the call, they were already busy at a wildland fire on the Duquette Road in Beekmantown. Although the cause is still under investigation, the fire likely spread from a brush fire a neighbor was having through the woods to the camp, Menard said. About 60 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze which covered between 20 and 30 acres of woodland around the camp, Menard said. Menard said he thinks Manner had insurance on the camp.

Beekmantown, Altona, West Chazy, Morrisonville, District 3 and Cumberland Head fire departments all responded, and Chazy was on standby at the Beekmantown Fire Station. The Beekmantown department was back in service by 8:45 p.m.

Another call was put in by Clinton County Fire Control to District 3 Fire Department at about 6:50 p.m. for a sparking power line that was close to a tree at the intersection of Quarry and Tom Miller roads in the Town of Plattsburgh. New York State Electric and Gas was notified.

Also Monday evening, firefighters tackled a wildland fire in Bangor that caused minimal damage to a camp, according to Franklin County Fire Control.

Champlain Fire Department was called to 148 Route 9 in Champlain for a downed tree that was partially blocking the roadway.

The action continued into the night when Chazy Volunteer Fire Department was called to 1079 Lake Shore Road just after 8:30 p.m. for a report of a tree that had caught fire.

— Staff Photographer Kelli Catana contributed to this report.