Massena Home Damaged In Fire

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An apartment house in the village of Massena was heavily damaged Monday morning in a fire.

The two-story home is located at 6 Cornell Avenue.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Ted Krywanczyk, it appears a discarded cigarette may have ignited a bag of clothes and a swing before spreading to a box of ammunition, which was sitting on the front porch.

The ammunition is believed to be shotgun shells, he said.

The porch was destroyed and the rest of the house was heavily damaged, said Krywanczyk.

He said at least two people lived in the lower apartment and two lived upstairs.

There were no injuries.

Officials later said five people lived in the house, which is owned by David Seguin.

The fire happened at approximately 10:20 a.m.

Although there were reports of an explosion, St. Lawrence County Fire Investigator Brian Sullivan said early Monday afternoon it appears the damage was caused by fire alone.

He said investigators were still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
 

Saturday, August 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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