LYON MOUNTAIN — A home here was destroyed by fire on Tuesday afternoon, but neighbors rescued three dogs.
The cause was still under investigation, Lyon Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Ron Chase Jr. said on Tuesday evening.
Regina Agoney called 911 when she saw flames shooting out of the porch of the two-story home at 9 Second St.
She was at a neighbor’s house when she heard a noise, she said.
“There was smoke and fire just rolling off the porch,” she said.
The Lyon Mountain Fire Department was dispatched to the blaze just before 1:50 p.m.
“It was called in as a fully involved structure fire, and when we arrived, flames were into the road, and that’s how intense it was,” the fire chief said.
“I heard crackling. I got over here, and everything just went boom,” said Henry Chase, a neighbor who kept an eye on the firefighting effort from across the street. “There was glass flying and debris.
“There was some kind of explosion.”
Homeowner Brian Brassard and his girlfriend, Brianna Rabideau, stood near a neighbor’s home next door, watching firefighters throwing some of their belongings to safety from an upstairs window.
They were both at work when they got the call about the fire and rushed home.
Their pet iguana and a snake perished in the flames, Rabideau said.
Brassard said he has no homeowners insurance.
He and Rabideau, who had lived there for three years, would stay with family members.
Rabideau’s father, Brian Rabideau, said the couple are receiving assistance from the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross.
THANKFUL FOR HELP
“Nobody got hurt, and that’s the main thing,” Chief Chase said.
But it was a shame, he said, that Rabideau and Brassard had lost their home and their belongings.
The Lyon Mountain Volunteer Fire Department was back in service at 5 p.m.
The chief said he was thankful for the help of the departments that provided mutual aid and for “everything coming together to get the fire under control.”
Assisting Lyon Mountain were Clinton Correctional Facility and fire departments from Dannemora, Saranac and Chateaugay.
Ellenburg Center and the Churubusco volunteer fire department crews were on standby at Lyon Mountain’s station.
Clinton County fire investigators also responded to the blaze.