PLATTSBURGH — An unoccupied home was destroyed by a late-night fire Wednesday.

According to Clinton County Emergency Services Director And South Plattsburgh Fire Department Assistant Chief Eric Day, a fire was reported just before midnight at 55 Sunset Dr. in the Town of Plattsburgh.

The building was fully ablaze when firefighters from the South Plattsburgh department arrived, but no one was found at the scene.

Firefighters from the City of Plattsburgh and Peru Fire Departments assisted South Plattsburgh in putting out the flames, and the Morrisonville Fire Department was called to provide standby coverage at South Plattsburgh's Station One.

Clinton County Deputy Fire Coordinator Greg Timmons was also there to assist with coordination efforts between the multiple responding agencies.

New York State Police, City of Plattsburgh Police, Clinton County Sheriff's Department and the Clinton County Fire Investigation Unit were all working to locate anyone with information or who may have been involved with the fire to determine cause and origin of the blaze.

The long-time unoccupied two-story residential home was destroyed, Day said.

Fire Department officials had to coordinate with the Canadian Pacific Railroad for temporary closure of the rail line as fire hoses had to be laid across the tracks in order to supply water for the fire suppression efforts.

A CP Rail employee was sent to the site to coordinate the safe movement of a southbound freight train through the area as fire equipment was being picked up.

A NYSEG line crew was requested and arrived to secure downed power lines at the location.

All responding fire agencies were clear of the incident and available by 3:30 a.m., Day said.

None of the responding agency members were injured during the incident, which remains under investigation.

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