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Fire destroys home in Minerva

MINERVA - A structure fire was called in to the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department at around 9:50 p.m. Sunday evening.

A three story home on Morse Memorial Highway in Minerva was already fully involved at the time of the the call.

The home was unoccupied and is owned by Elmer Lynn, who is currently residing at the Tri-County Nursing Home in North Creek.

The fire was spotted by a driver passing by and was called in from a neighbor's home.

Minerva Fire Department was dispatched and then summoned departments from North Creek, Pottersville, Chestertown, Wevertown and Schroon Lake for assistance. Both North River and Newcomb departments were also standing by at the North Creek and Minerva stations.

"The entire house was completely engulfed by the time we got there," said North Creek fire chief Steve Studnicky. "All we could really do was control it."

Firefighters worked on the blaze until around 2:30 a.m., according to Minerva fire chief Kerry Killon. By the time the fire was extinguished, the whole building had been lost.

Investigators are still surveying the scene and have not released a definite cause at this time. It is suspected, however, that the cause of the fire was electrical, according to Killon.

"There was no one living there and the heat was not turned on, so electrical is our best guess at this point," he said.

No evidence of arson has been discovered at this time.

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