TUPPER LAKE - A wildland fire spread to a garage Easter Sunday.
Tupper Lake fire Chief Mark Picerno said the homeowners at 46 High St. dumped hot ashes outside near the garage before leaving on vacation. That caused the grass to catch fire, and the fire spread to a wood pile, then to the garage.
The damage was mostly confined to the outside of the garage and part of the roof.
Tupper Lake firefighters work Sunday to extinguish a fire on the outside of a garage at 46 High St. in Tupper Lake.
(Photo — Jim Lanthier)
"They're lucky it didn't get inside to the garage," Picerno said.
Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department crews responded to the call at 5:47 p.m. Sunday with three trucks and 28 members.
They used 1,750 gallons of water to extinguish the fire. They were back in service at 6:47 p.m.
Also on Sunday, TLVFD members responded to a report of smoke in a building on Hemlock Ledge Road at 4:57 p.m. with one truck and 18 members. Volunteers said the building's owner didn't open the flue before starting a fire in a fireplace. Volunteers cleared the building of smoke and were back in service at 5:25 p.m.
Picerno said he didn't have trouble getting firefighters to respond to the calls despite the holiday, noting that many showed up. But he said many firefighters had to delay their holiday dinners until after the calls.