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Brush fires dot St. Lawrence County

Recent high winds and relatively low humidity allowed a number of fires to spring up, mostly in the northwest corner of the North Country. A red flag warning, with a "no-burn" order, is in effect for St Lawrence County. Some residents ignored the order and fire departments dealt with 28 calls over the weekend and another 11 Monday. That's according to Craig Ballard, deputy director of the County's Emergency Services.  Go to full article

Fire destroys two homes in Lake Placid

A fire ripped through two multi-million dollar resort homes at the Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid Wednesday night. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
The removal of the Intorcia Donut Shop sign is one of several changes to downtown Carthage.
The removal of the Intorcia Donut Shop sign is one of several changes to downtown Carthage.

Downtown Carthage, five years later

Downtown Carthage is trying to rebound from a fire that gutted half a block of the historic village five years ago. Today the site of the fire is a parking lot. Plans to build a nursing home there seem to have stalled. Carthage was a paper mill town for decades. Now it's being reborn as a bedroom community for the growing military population at Fort Drum. Martha Foley and David Sommerstein report.  Go to full article

Fire dispute near resolution

Resolution of a bitter dispute over fire and rescue contracts between the Village of Saranac Lake and three surrounding towns may finally be nearing an end. At a special Friday night meeting, the village and town boards reached a compromise on more than a half-dozen issues the towns wanted addressed before they agreed to sign new contracts. As Chris Knight reports, fire department officials say they're relieved.  Go to full article

Fire contract dispute smoulders in Saranac lake

Three towns in the Adirondacks have been without full fire and rescue coverage since the start of the New Year. Officials from Harrietstown, Brighton and Santa Clara - all in Franklin County - have refused to sign new contracts with the Village of Saranac Lake. Some of the towns have criticized the village's decision to switch to an assessment-based formula for fire contracts while others have accused the village of failing to negotiate in good faith. As Chris Knight reports, local firefighters have been put in the middle of the dispute.  Go to full article

Cabin Fire Kills Clinton County Teen

State police say a cabin fire killed a 16-year-old boy early Sunday morning in the town of Dannemora. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Investigation into Lake George Fire Continues

A Lake George fire official says a blaze that ripped through the tourist village over the weekend might have been contained if a gift shop owner hadn't removed his sprinkler system. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Fire Destroys Lake George Businesses

A six-alarm fire consumed five businesses along the main street in the Adirondack tourist village of Lake George Saturday. Police say nobody was hurt in the blaze, which started in a gift shop at about 9 in the morning. Building co-owner Nick Cholakis said sprinklers were removed about 10 years ago because they kept malfunctioning during the winter. More than 50 firefighters from six local companies fought the fast moving fire. There was extensive damage. The cause is under investigation but is believed to be electrical. Fire chief Bruce Kilburn told the Glens Falls Post Star that he thinks the fire was -- quote -- purely accidental.
The shops had extra inventory in anticipation of the start of the summer tourist season next month. Bob Lagas is co-owner of Bob's Ice Cream Shop, on Canada St. He spoke with Brian Mann this morning.  Go to full article
Fire crews from Essex and Franklin counties responded.  (Photos:  Chris Knight)
Fire crews from Essex and Franklin counties responded. (Photos: Chris Knight)

Fire Destroys Adirondack Camp, 10 Structures

Fire destroyed a remote camp on Upper St. Regis Lake Thursday, ravaging at least ten structures. The camp was owned by Ransom and Judy Duncan. There were no injuries, but fire crews from Paul Smiths and 18 other departments had to be ferried to the scene by boat. It's unclear how the fire began. An investigation is underway. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Wildfires Plague North Country

Local fire squads and New York state forest rangers across the North Country have responded to more than a hundred grass and forest fires this spring. Light rain, combined with a thin snow pack and high winds have left many areas tinder dry. Fire experts say most of the wildfires have been triggered by burn barrels or by people setting fire to chaff in their fields. A ban on open burning went into effect yesterday in St. Lawrence County. Fire officials in the rest of the region are strongly discouraging people from setting open flames. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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