TICONDEROGA — A two-story house in Ticonderoga was consumed by a late-night fire Monday.
The wood-frame home at 45 Burgoyne Road is owned by Lura Fuller. Her grandson Kendall McLaughlin and his family had resided there until about a week ago.
The McLaughlins moved out, fire officials said, because the water pipe between the town main and the home had frozen.
The lawn had been dug up in an effort to find and thaw the frozen line.
Ticonderoga firefighters got the fire call at about 9:20 p.m. Monday and received mutual aid from Crown Point and Putnam fire companies.
Ticonderoga Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Watts said they received an initial report of black smoke coming from the house.
“Upon the arrival of myself and Ticonderoga Police, there was fire coming out a window on the first floor on the north side of the house and black smoke coming from the eaves,” he said by email.
“We opened the front door and checked for occupants; however, in less than a minute, the whole house was a large fireball fully engulfed in flames.”
He said firefighters knew a family of six, the McLaughlins, had lived in the home but didn’t know they had moved out.
“No one was at home at the time of the fire. (It) is a total loss.”
The Essex County Fire Investigation Unit is probing the origin of the blaze, Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said.
“The cause is unknown at this time, and it’s under investigation by both our fire investigators and Ticonderoga Police.”
Watts said the Essex County Air One truck from Westport was at the fire to refill air packs. Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, Fire Department Auxiliary, Town Highway Department and National Grid were all at the site.
Officials said they believe the owner had insurance on the residence.
The McLaughlins lost belongings that had been left in the house, and the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York provided assistance to the two adults and four children with food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and storage.
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