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Lack of water makes logging machine fire difficult to douse

August 29, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A machinery fire at a logging site in the town of Franklin was difficult to put out Tuesday afternoon because it was in the woods, far from any water.

Mike Cassavaugh, second assistant chief for the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department, said an excavator caught fire after it overheated at a logging site about 5 miles up North Branch Road, which is off Kushaqua-Mud Pond Road near Onchiota.

About six people were working at the logging site when the fire began, and they used two fire extinguishers on it before firefighters reached the site, Cassavaugh said.

The call went out at 1:58 p.m., and firefighters reached the scene around 2:28 p.m. Cassavaugh said they didn't have any trouble finding the site.

"We had one of the guys that was out there meet us at the end of the road," he said. "It was fully involved when we got there on scene."

Ten firefighters from Bloomingdale brought two trucks to the site, three members from the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department brought one truck, and four members from the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department brought two trucks.

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They used about 1,500 gallons of water and about 7 gallons of foam to put the fire out.

No one was injured, Cassavaugh said.

Firefighters were back in service at 5:07 p.m.



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