CONSTABLE — James Tucker was outside working on his garage Tuesday afternoon and heard the fire alarm go off inside his house at 273 Taylor Road.
"Thank God for fire alarms," he said as he stood in the cold night air about 3 1/2 hours later with his wife, Maria.
The Tuckers lost everything to the blaze.
"When I opened the door, there was just black smoke," he said. "I got our dogs out. We have five dogs. One was outside with me, but the other four were in their cage.
"I called 911, I got them out, but one of them ran back in so I went back in," Mr. Tucker said. "That's when I saw the flames."
He said the fire was at the far end of his manufactured home, "and they said it was a short in an electrical wire" underneath the hallway.
The Tuckers built the home about 10 years ago.
"And we just put a brand new roof on here and put two additions on here. We've been working on it since April," he said.
'GOT HERE SO FAST'
Constable Fire Chief Jason Trombly said that when the first trucks arrived, "smoke was coming out all sides of the house," and the new roof posed problems.
"With roofs over roofs, the fire gets caught in between, and it's hard to get in to get it out," he said, adding that no one was injured.
Mutual aid came from volunteers from Westville, Burke, Chateaugay and Hinchinbrook, Quebec. The Franklin County Fire Police were on hand for traffic control, and the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross helped the Tuckers.
"They got here so fast," Mr. Tucker said. "I can't praise the fire departments and Red Cross enough.
"I'm really grateful."
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HOW TO HELP
Anyone wishing to donate household goods, linens, small appliances, beds and other furniture to the Tuckers may call 651-0412.