Fire destroys St. Lawrence County veterinary practice

Fire destroys Java’s Veterinary Center
Fire destroys Java’s Veterinary Center(Jim Boyce)
Published: Oct. 28, 2022 at 10:15 AM EDT
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TOWN OF LOUISVILLE, New York (WWNY) - Fire broke out at a Massena-area veterinary clinic early Friday morning and continued burning throughout the day.

The fire at Java’s Veterinary Center on State Route 56 in the town of Louisville was called in around 3 a.m.

Firefighters say the back wall of the building was fully involved when they arrived, and the fire spread into the basement.

St. Lawrence County Deputy Fire Coordinator David Weitz said volunteers had a good handle on the blaze early on, but wind caused the flames to spread to the entire building.

He said the owner of the property, veterinarian Dr. Wilfredo Perez, lived in an apartment in the building and safely escaped with a dog.

No people were injured, but it’s unclear if any animals were harmed.

Weitz said it will take time to investigate the cause of the blaze.

As of late Friday afternoon, firefighters were still on the scene.

Volunteers from the following departments responded: Louisville; Akwesasne; Potsdam; Madrid; West Stockholm; Norfolk; Massena; Brasher-Winthrop, and Waddington.

Fire broke out at Java's Veterinary Center just out Massena Friday morning.
Fire broke out at Java's Veterinary Center just out Massena Friday morning.(WWNY)
Fire destroys Java’s Veterinary Center
Fire destroys Java’s Veterinary Center(Jim Boyce)
Fire broke out at Java's Veterinary Center just out Massena Friday morning.
Fire broke out at Java's Veterinary Center just out Massena Friday morning.(WWNY)