TUPPER LAKE — Lightning apparently caused a fire that destroyed the garage of a Tupper Lake business Sunday night.

Just before dark, a Tupper Lake resident spotted smoke at Lizotte Logging and Trucking on 8th Street in downtown Tupper Lake and called 911.

When firefighters arrived at around 8:30 p.m., flames had made it through the roof of the building used for storage by Jeannel Lizotte, owner of Lizotte Logging and Trucking.

More than 40 volunteers from the Tupper Lake Fire Department responded to the fire with five trucks, going through about 70,000 gallons of water before getting the blaze under control.

No one was at the business at the time and no firefighters were injured.

“Lightning hit a ground wire,” said Lizotte, who stressed the storm was “pretty bad” that night.

“Everything was a total loss,” Lizotte said. “It is a mess now.”

The building was a total loss, though the fire did not damage an adjacent structure.

The storage shed contained fuel, tires, a snow plow, parts and other business-related items. The structure and its contents were insured.

“We are going to check into insurance,” Lizotte said. “I don’t know if it will cover everything.

“I’m just glad nobody got hurt.”

Firefighters returned to the station at around 11:40 p.m. Sunday.

E-mail Stephen Bartlett at: sbartlett@pressrepublican.com

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