State Police investigate Tupper Lake truck fire

TUPPER LAKE — A truck was found on fire in a field off McCarthy Street on Sunday, and New York State Police are now investigating the incident.

State Police and Tupper Lake police responded to the car fire at around 1 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release issued by State Police on Monday. The vehicle was a 2009 GMC Sierra pick-up truck, according to police.

State Police and Tupper Lake police are asking people who live in the McCarthy Street area to check any surveillance camera systems for “suspicious activity” from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the release.

Tupper Lake Police Chief Eric Proulx said that while his department responded to the call for the truck fire along with State Police, his department has “nothing to do” with the investigation. The Tupper Lake Police Department is short on personnel, Proulx said, and they turned over the investigation to State Police. State Police were seen at the Tupper Lake Police Department on Monday afternoon.

There’s been some speculation in the Tupper Lake community about the circumstances surrounding the truck fire, but when asked about those claims on Monday, State Police Lieutenant Mark Fenton said he couldn’t confirm or deny any information outside of what State Police confirmed in Monday’s press release.

“When we have more information that we can release to the public, the (public information officer) will put it out there,” Fenton said, adding that he didn’t expect more information to be immediately released as of Monday evening.

Fenton said that he didn’t know of any “specific threats that the community would need to be worried about” in relation to the truck fire.

State Police are asking anyone with information about the truck fire to call the Troop B barracks in Ray Brook at 518-897-2000.


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