Fire destroys Jay garage
AuSABLE FORKS — A fire destroyed a standalone residential garage in the AuSable Acres neighborhood in the town of Jay on Wednesday, and a fire rekindled from the ashes on Wednesday evening.
Essex County Emergency Services received a call about the fire at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday, according to Mike LaVallie, the department’s Deputy Director/E911 Coordinator. No one was harmed in the fire, he said, but the two-story garage was a total loss.
“There was nothing, basically, left of the garage,” he said.
Brian Woods, a Lake Placid resident, said he was driving to Jay on Wednesday morning when he passed a home at 92 Signor Lane in the town of Jay and saw that a two-car garage there was in flames. Woods tried calling 911, but he didn’t have service on his phone — he had to drive to Lake Eaton, where he flagged down another car and borrowed someone’s phone to call 911. He then drove back to the Signor Lane house and said he took a few photos and videos of the fire before fire trucks started arriving.
The AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire, and the Jay Volunteer Fire Department responded with mutual aid. LaVallie said the Keeseville and Upper Jay fire departments were also requested for mutual aid, but he thought those departments were canceled en route.
The fire rekindled later that night, according to LaVallie, but he said it was a “minor” rekindling. He thought all local fire departments were canceled en route to the rekindling.
“I really don’t know what had rekindled, because there really wasn’t anything left to rekindle,” he said.
LaVallie said the cause of the fire is unknown. The fire is currently under investigation by the county, he said, though he noted that the circumstances surrounding the fire didn’t look “suspicious.”