A not-so-good Friday fire
2 women, dog escape Tupper Lake house fire on Good Friday
TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at the home of Eleanor Lavigne at 20 Prospect St. at 12:18 p.m. Friday.
Lavigne, her daughter Carol Martin and their dog were in the house when the fire broke out. All three made it out of the home safely, according to Tupper Lake Fire Chief Royce Cole.
Cole was the first on the scene. He said there was light smoke coming from the house as he assisted Lavigne and Martin out of the house. He said he thinks Lavigne is wheelchair-bound and couldn’t make it outside without assistance. Shortly after that, the rest of the house started to catch fire. Cole said the dog wouldn’t leave the front doorway at first, but eventually the fire pushed the animal out.
Cole said the initial fire took about 45 minutes to put out, and the first floor of the house was a total loss. Twenty-seven members of the TLVFD were on the scene, and the Piercefield, Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths-Gabriels volunteer fire departments provided mutual aid.
Cole said the American Red Cross arrived to help Lavigne and Martin.
“In these situations, the Red Cross normally tries to set people up with a motel room and a way of getting any medication they might need,” he said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The TLVFD was back in service around 3:30 p.m.