Family Left Homeless After St. Lawrence County Blaze

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A Macomb family is homeless after fire destroyed their house and garage Monday morning.

The blaze broke out around 7:30 a.m. at the Lead Mine Road home of Greg and Jackie Washburn.

No one was home at the time.

The fire was discovered by a Gouverneur town highway crew who saw smoke and went to investigate.

"It initially got discovered by Tim Mattice, he's the town of Gouverneur highway superintendent," Gouverneur Fire Chief Steve Young said.

"They were in the area doing work, saw some smoke and thought it to be unusual." 

Young said the house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene.

Young says propane tanks exploded due to the intense heat.

The fire also spread to a nearby garage, which contained some flammable materials and a Ford Focus, which was also destroyed.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to an adjacent horse barn.

The family dog died in the blaze.

The house was insured. Fire investigators are on scene to determine how the blaze may have started.

It is not believed to be suspicious in origin.

Firefighters from Gouverneur, Heuvelton, Morristown and Oxbow were on the scene.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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