Structure fire reported in Plattsburgh

Firefighters climb down after working to extinguish a fire from the roof at 28 Romeo Circle Tuesday afternoon. 

PLATTSBURGH — Though fire forced the family at 28 Romeo Circle here from their home, firefighters provided a dose of good news by saving two furry family members.

A pair of pet cats were found alive and well in the home by responding firefighters.

Residents Mary-Ann Picozzi, daughters Emberlyn and Braelyn, and fiance Andrew Witt live at the home.

All were safely accounted for Monday afternoon.

HOME CONDEMNED

There were no injuries to firefighters or residents, Plattsburgh District 3 Fire Chief R. Scott Ewing said.

The home suffered “significant damage” to the roof and exterior front wall, Ewing said, and was condemned by Town of Plattsburgh code enforcement.

Clinton County Dispatch put out a call for the fire at 2:29 p.m. with Plattsburgh District 3 Volunteer Fire Department responding.

Mutual aid was provided by departments from the City of Plattsburgh, Beekmantown, Morrisonville and Cumberland Head.

FIRE IN WALL

The fire had been reported by a passer-by, Ewing said.

Unfortunately, having the fire tucked away within the walls of the home allowed the blaze to go unnoticed as it grew, he said.

When firefighters arrived, they found “heavy fire near the front of the residence, over the living room area,” Ewing said.

WORKED TOGETHER

The first firefighters on the scene entered the home for an initial takedown of the fire, with mutual aid crews helping seek out any extensions of the fire and perform overhaul.

“Everybody’s response was quick and everybody worked together as a team and we accomplished the goal,” Ewing said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday night.

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross was assisting the family with supplies and arranging for them to stay at an area motel.

The property is owned by Bonnie and Philip Bijeau according to the Clinton County Office of Real Property website.

The owners have insurance on the property, but Ewing did not know if the residents have renters insurance.

District 3 Fire was back in service at 5:57 p.m.

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