Fire at Housing Complex in Lowville

Fire at Housing Complex in Lowville

Posted: Updated: Apr 06, 2019 11:15 PM

Fire crews responded to a fire at a housing complex at 5398 Hemlock Drive Saturday evening. 

Lowville's Fire Chief Joe Austin said everyone got out safe after crews arrived to heavy flames and smoke coming from the building.

The American Red Cross said it is assisting 7 residents from the fire. 

Austin said a firewall between the middle of the building helped keep the fire from spreading as bad it could have. However- no one can live there for the foreseeable future.

"There's one apartment which was vacant which has the majority of the damage, so that was a good thing. Downstairs apartment has significant smoke damage which did have a resident in it," Austin said. "Then the two on the other side of the building were very little touched. There was very minor damage to those apartments. Mostly from smoke though."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Lowville Fire was assisted by Castorland, Croghan, Martinsburg and New Bremen. A second ladder truck from Carthage Fire was called to the scene as well. 

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