Firefighters in Plattsburgh battled flames and the bitter cold. The cause of the Friday fire is still under investigation.
Crews arrived at the scene on Brinkerhoff Street just three minutes after getting a call about a house fire. Officials say the house was deemed unsafe, so firefighters had to work outside.
Fire Chief Scott Lawliss said no one was home, and there were no injuries reported.
Temperatures dropped below zero, adding another element for firefighters to deal with.
“Hinders everything. It doubles the amount of work we have to do. The firefighters are doing good, they’re working hard,” Lawliss said. “We had equipment problems: we had a firetruck pump freeze on us, and we had water supply issues.”
Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read released a statement Friday afternoon, reminding people about the importance of fire saying during the winter, saying:
“I am most grateful to our first responders who kept our street safe and our brave firemen who went into a building engulfed in flames to ensure there was no loss of life. Thank you, too, to the Town firefighters who arrived to assist.
“Had our firefighters been unable to arrive within a few minutes of the first alarm, we may well have lost a number of buildings. As it was, the neighboring house appears to have suffered minor damage. We will have time to better understand what happened at the property and to help prevent such tragedies from happening again, but today I am most appreciative that the swift work of professionals prevented an even greater calamity. And I ask all to heed the reminder of our building inspector. Space heaters or propane heaters are the leading cause of winter fires, so please don’t leave them unmonitored.”