Franklin Avenue fire deemed suspicious

SARANAC LAKE - Officials are calling the fire that destroyed an apartment building on Franklin Avenue suspicious.

The house at 55 Franklin Avenue was deemed a complete loss following an early morning fire Oct. 17. Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise Oct. 21 the fire is being considered suspicious.

The Saranac Lake Village Police department is assisting the Essex County Fire Investigation Unit in the investigation.

It could be several weeks before officials establish what sparked the blaze. Jaquish told the Enterprise that investigators don't know yet where the fire started, and didn't say what prompted them to label the fire suspicious.

No one lived in the building at the time of the fire, although a former tenant - Christy LaVair - still had most of her belongings there. Steve Kirkpatrick owned the building, but it was in the process of foreclosure.

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