TUPPER LAKE — Some heavy posts are all that remain of a garage at 61 Big Wolf Road.

Tupper Lake Fire Chief Carl Steffen said the blaze, called in at 12:48 a.m. Saturday,

started in a 2010 Lexus that was also destroyed, along with contents that included a couple of golf carts, an emergency generator, a canoe, an aluminum boat and assorted yard tools. 

The garage belonged to Robert Merrill; one his daughters made the 911 call, the chief said.


Steffen said the fire was fully involved by the time the Tupper Lake Fire Department arrived just after 1 a.m.

He added that the garage was located 7 or 8 miles back on dirt roads, and the fire departments had to be let in, as the property was gated.

The chief said 29 firefighters used two tankers, along with a pumper and a mini-pumper to pump water from Wolf Pond to put out the blaze.

Additionally, they used thermal imaging once the fire was out to identify "hot spots" where smoldering continued.


Steffen said it took firefighters until about 6:30 a.m. to put out the fire, and the Tupper Lake Fire Department was back in service at 7:30 a.m.

They were called back to the site at around 8:40 a.m. for a ground fire, but were once again back in service at around 9 a.m.

Both the garage and the property inside it are insured.

The structure was located in the midst of several other buildings belonging to members of Merrill's family, but it was unattached and did not cause damage to any other buildings.

Steffen said the fire started in the Lexus, but the cause has not been identified.

The Piercefield Volunteer Fire Department and the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Fire Department provided mutual aid.

The Saranac Lake Fire Department stood by at the Tupper Lake fire station, and Tupper Lake Rescue was on standby at the fire in case of any injuries, but there were none, Steffen said.

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