Fire destroys Altona home

KAYLA BREEN/P-R DRONE PHOTOThe fire-damaged Atwood Road home as seen from above.

ALTONA — Fire destroyed an Atwood Road home here Saturday morning. 

“The left-hand corner was fully involved and fire was in the roof,” West Chazy Fire Chief Kevin Girard said of the condition of the fire when responders first arrived. The fire was reported at the 576 Atwood Road home just before 8 a.m.

Due to a lack of a nearby water source, Girard said, a tanker task force was established to fight the fire, with the responding departments getting water from a dry hydrant on Barnaby Road and a secondary fill site at a hydrant at the corner of the Military Turnpike and Route 374.

He said that the address being on the dirt section of the road added some challenge to the efforts to quell the blaze, but praised the mutual aid system.

“I cannot say enough about it,” Girard said. “It was great. The multiple departments all got there, we worked as a team and got the job done.”

The West Chazy Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched, with departments from Chazy, Beekmantown, Champlain, Plattsburgh Fire District 3, Mooers, Rouses Point, Ellenburg Depot, South Plattsburgh, Cadyville and Morrisonville providing mutual aid, Girard said.

Cumberland Head stood by at West Chazy’s department, Hemmingford, Quebec’s department stood by in Mooers and Alburgh, Vt.’s department stood by in Rouses Point.

The property is owned by Robert and Bonnie Lee Jensen, according to the Clinton County Real Property Office.

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross was called to the address to assist two residents, Girard said, but there were no injuries.

He added that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but that it’s not believed to be suspicious.

The home’s address falls inside the Town of Altona, but is inside West Chazy’s fire district, according to Clinton County Dispatch.

West Chazy was back in service by 2:01 p.m.

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