March 12, 2014

Moriah fire damages home

MORIAH — The remote location of a Moriah residence hampered firefighters’ efforts to reach the blaze that broke out there Tuesday afternoon.

The fire, reported at about 12:15 p.m., heavily damaged the James Sprague home on Harry Allen Road, between County Route 7 and Edgemont Road, in Moriah.

Sprague was not home at the time of the fire and is staying with family members while he looks for other lodgings, fire officials said.

His two-story, wood-frame house is located at the end of a long, steep private driveway.

Fire trucks had problems getting up the driveway, which was icy, Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said.

“At least one engine got stuck and had to be freed by a heavy tow truck. The Moriah Highway Department was called to sand the road, and that made it more passable.”

Moriah got mutual aid from Port Henry, Mineville-Witherbee and Crown Point fire companies to fight the fire. Ticonderoga was on standby at Moriah’s firehouse and Westport at its own station.

Sprague lived in the home alone and had been staying in a second-floor apartment at the residence because pipes in the main house had frozen.

The Essex County Fire Investigation Unit was at the site Tuesday to try to determine the cause.

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