KEESEVILLE — A dog alerted a Keeseville woman to the fire that destroyed her home here at 127 Grove St. on Sunday.

She then called 911 herself, Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Michael Stranahan said.

He didn't know the woman's name but said she and the dog both escaped the fire safely.

Stranahan described the residence as a mobile home with additions.

Clinton County Dispatch put out a call for the fire at 6:03 p.m.


Firefighting began with a “pretty quick hit” against the blaze, Stranahan said, with crews arriving only six minutes after the initial call.

But the effort slowed with the flames spreading into an attic crawl space.

“We had trouble really tracking it down,” the chief said.

After 45 minutes of attacking and searching for the fire, crews had the blaze largely knocked down.


Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from Peru, AuSable Forks and South Plattsburgh, along with Clinton County Car 1.

An air truck was provided by Mooers Volunteer Fire Department, with South Plattsburgh eventually providing an air truck to take over for Mooers.

Fire crews from Jay and Essex stood by at the Keeseville fire station, with Peru Fire standing by at the Willsboro station.

Mutual aid was strained by the fact that multiple departments were responding to the apartment building fire at 1087 Cook St. in Dannemora at the same time crews were fighting the Keeseville blaze.

“Most of our northern units were in Dannemora and southern units were at us,” Stranahan said, praising the assistance that was still able to be pulled together.

“It was wonderful,” he said, “We had great crews from all departments. It was well-staffed.”


Icy conditions along a narrow driveway also complicated the operation, Stranahan said, but there were no equipment freeze-ups reported.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday night, but it was not considered suspicious.

The woman does not have insurance on the home, Stranahan said, and was staying with her son.

Keeseville was back in service at 10:30 p.m.

The home is owned by May Ryan according to the Clinton County Real Property Office website. 

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