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A Franklin County fire policeman stands in the middle of Church Street after the fatal fire. Photo: Chis Knightm courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
A Franklin County fire policeman stands in the middle of Church Street after the fatal fire. Photo: Chis Knightm courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Follow-up to a fatal fire in Saranac Lake

More than a week after an elderly woman died in a fire at a high-rise apartment building in Saranac Lake, investigators are still working to determine what caused the blaze.

Meanwhile, the death of Rose Schoonmaker, who was 91, has prompted managers of the DeChantal Apartments to take a closer look at their fire safety protocols and evacuation procedures.  Go to full article
Federal officials in the US have raised concerns about the type of tanker car that erupted in Lac Megantic since at least 1991.  Photo: Brian Mann
Federal officials in the US have raised concerns about the type of tanker car that erupted in Lac Megantic since at least 1991. Photo: Brian Mann

Train tanker cars that exploded in Lac Megantic "inadequate"

It's been nearly three months since an American-operated tanker train derailed and exploded in the town of Lac Megantic in eastern Quebec. The Montreal-Maine and Atlantic train was carrying a cargo of crude oil and other chemicals from oil fields in North Dakota. The massive explosions that followed killed forty-seven people.

In the weeks after the disaster, it has become clear that the clean-up and recovery effort in Lac-Megantic will be far more costly and challenging than once believed. Also, investigators in the US and Canada now acknowledge that there were deep concerns about the safety of the tanker cars used by the railroad.

Those fears first surfaced decades before this deadly accident occurred. Brian Mann has our special report.  Go to full article

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