Fire Destroys Canton Dairy QueenPosted: Updated:
It's was a fire that just wouldn't quit. Flames erupted for hours early Sunday morning from the roof and sides of the Dairy Queen at 45 Gouverneur Street in Canton.
There were risks for firefighters attacking it from above and inside.
“Fully involved when we got here. A lot of smoke. It's really a difficult fire to fight," said Jeff Hammond, St. Lawrence County deputy fire coordinator. "It's going to be an all-nighter.”
The fire was called in just before 2 a.m. The building has been undergoing extensive renovations but has been open for business. Gabrielle Oatman works there and lives across the street.
“And then the fire had just started as soon as I got over here. So it was just smoke and the fire finally came to the outside,” said Oatman.
The fire forced the closure of Route 11, the highway into and out of Canton's southwest side. The stretch of road didn't open back up until around 10:30 a.m.
At least 10 departments responded to the fire.
7 News Reporter Keith Benman was on scene early Sunday morning.
He said flames would disappear for a time as firefighters seemed to get the best of it. Then they'd break out again. Firefighters battled the blaze from inside the building for the first hour, but later retreated to the outside.
“Right now we've gone to an exterior attack, until we know what we've got in there. They had a lot of popping sounds when they first arrived,” said Hammond.
Owners watched as fire ravages their livelihood. The heavy smoke forced firefighters to wear oxygen tanks.
They were checked by EMTs. New York State fire investigators were already on scene as the fire raged.
According to Hammond, no one was sent to the hospital.