Garage fire spreads to Bluff Point home

PHOTO PROVIDEDFirefighters from several North Country departments maneuver around a burnt car checking for hot spots as they navigate through the charred remains of garage at 54 Loch Lane. The Saturday morning fire seriously damaged the attached Bluff Point home.

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH —  A home in the Bluff Point area of South Plattsburgh was seriously damaged by a fire that started in an attached garage Saturday morning.

According to Tim Schwartz, chief of South Plattsburgh Volunteer Fire Department, the fire was already well advanced when his department arrived at the 54 Loch Lane home. The fire was reported at 10:50 a.m.

"On Fire Department arrival we found a large, single-family home with heavy fire coming from the garage area," he said.

A long, narrow driveway made fighting the blaze difficult. Schwartz said firefighters had to use about 1,400 feet of large-diameter hose to supply water to the effort.

"Yeah, roads off Bluff Point Drive are very narrow and created an issue with getting equipment down to the fire location," he said.

The home, which is owned by Joan Fitzpatrick, is not livable. The building is described on as a five-bedroom, three-bath home built in 1972 on an 8-acre lot and valued at about $720,000.

No one was injured in the blaze. The homeowner safely evacuated.

Fire investigators had yet to determine an official cause and exact point of fire origin, Schwartz said.

Assisting South Plattsburgh at the fire were firefighters from Plattsburgh City Fire Department, Peru Volunteer Fire Department and Town of Plattsburgh District 3. Morrisonville Volunteer Fire Department provided standby coverage.

South Plattsburgh firefighters were back at their stations and ready for service about 4 p.m

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