TICONDEROGA — Fire destroyed a 110-foot-long storage building that housed boats and classic cars here early Friday, causing evacuation of a nearby apartment building and nearly torching other structures as well.
The blaze at 42 Lake George Ave. in Ticonderoga was reported on fire by a passer-by at 3:38 a.m.
“When we arrived, the whole building was engulfed in flames and threatening nearby structures, including two large storage buildings owned by Snug Harbor Marina (nearby), as well as a multi-family apartment building,” Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Matthew Watts said via email.
"We did have to evacuate the apartment building for a short time until the fire was brought under control, at which time we allowed the occupants to go back into their home.”
The Snug Harbor buildings and the apartment house sustained heat damage, Watts said, as did a boat stored outside at the marina.
"A very quick response by our department, as well as mutual aid, made a huge difference in keeping the damage to the other buildings to a minimum," he said.
The storage building, owned by Barbara Smith of Hague and Morristown, N.J., is a total loss, Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said.
Inside were a 1930s-vintage Rolls Royce and Bentley, along with three boats.
Jaquish on Friday morning said the County Fire Investigation Unit was at the site conducting a probe.
The blaze did not appear suspicious, he said, and may have been due to an electrical malfunction.
The cause was still under investigation.
Ticonderoga received mutual aid from Crown Point, Hague and Putnam volunteer fire departments, with Lamoille Ambulance Service on standby at the site.
The Essex County Sheriff's Department and Ticonderoga Town Police also responded.
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