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Wilmington cabin burns

December 3, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Fire destroyed a rental cabin in Wilmington over the weekend.

The Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The two-bedroom cabin, located behind the Wilderness Inn II on state Route 86, was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene, according to Wilmington fire Chief Lou Adragna.

"It was three minutes from the time we were dispatched to when the first truck arrived," he said. "There was no saving it. It was completely gone when we got there."

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Firefighters hose down a burning cabin around 2:45 p.m. Saturday on the property of the Wilderness Inn II in Wilmington.
(Photo — Lora Bushy)

The cabin had been rented out but no one was in the building when the fire started, Adragna said.

"It was a cabin where you could stay for a week," Adragna said. "It had a little kitchen, bedrooms."

Adragna said the fire was tough to fight at first because of its location in a wooded area. He said flames were shooting 25 to 30 feet in the air when firefighters arrived.

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"It wasn't easy to get to," Adragna said.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 4 p.m. No injuries were reported. The Upper Jay Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid, and about 25 firefighters responded, Adragna said. The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department handled calls for Wilmington during the incident.

The Wilderness Inn is owned by Paul and June Coarding. Adragna said they are insured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Contact Chris Morris at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or



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