MALONE — A quick response by firefighters saved the home at 4422 Route 11 here Friday afternoon.

Franklin County Dispatch put out a call for a garage fire at that address, near the Muzzey Road intersection, at 1:14 p.m., with Malone Callfiremen responding.

Mutual aid was provided by departments from Burke, Constable, Chateaugay, Westville and Moira.

A passer-by reported the fire at the Clifford-Hebert family's, Malone Fire Chief Brian Gokey said.

He wasn’t sure how many people lived there or their names.

No one was there at the time the fire was reported, the chief said.


Gokey arrived minutes after being dispatched to find the garage fully involved and its roof caved in.

“When we pulled up, we concentrated our efforts on keeping the fire contained and saving the house,” he said.

The radiant heat from the garage fire had melted the siding of the two-story home located roughly 15 feet from the garage.

The heat was then able to ignite the materials inside the wall, Gokey said, with the flames traveling up to the second story.

“That’s when my guys got in there and knocked it down,” he said.

Firefighters had to break through some walls and ceilings to reach the flames, but Gokey said he believes the home will be able to be repaired.

“It was a good save,” he said, “It could have been a lot worse.”


One firefighter from the Burke Volunteer Fire Department suffered a cut on his foot from sheet metal that fell off the garage.

He was taken to Alice-Hyde Medical Center by Malone EMS.

A vehicle in the garage was destroyed, and two parked near the building suffered severe damage.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Friday night.

The family declined assistance from the American Red Cross, Gokey said. They had a place to stay for the night, he said.

He was not sure if the property is covered by insurance.

Malone was back in service at 4:50 p.m.

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