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Firefighters quell early morning blaze in Saranac Lake

Residents in Saranac Lake's Franklin Avenue neighborhood woke up early to flashing lights this morning, as firefighters knocked down a structure fire at the historic Prescott House.

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 3:11 a.m. Thursday and crews were on the scene within minutes.

According to fire Chief Brendan Keough, firefighters quickly established that one of the apartments inside the large multi-unit dwelling was engulfed in flames.

"There was a working structure fire in one of the units," he said, noting that having two paid fire drivers on duty helped save the building with a quick response.

Keough also credited the quick action of two volunteers, who entered the apartment and rescued a man who was trapped inside.

"Someone told us there was someone in there, so we went right into a rescue operation and got him out safely," he said. "The guy was completely unaware of what was happening."

Three trucks, including two fire vehicles and one rescue apparatus, responded to the blaze along with 20 volunteers.

Chief Keough said the apartment incurred heavy fire damage. Other units suffered smoke and water damage, but nothing serious. Firefighters used 1,200 gallons of water to quell the blaze.

"It was a huge rescue, it really was," Keough said.

No injuries were reported, although several people were checked out at the scene by emergency personnel.

Keough said the fire department has been busy this spring, especially with the recent flooding.

Most volunteers were back in service by about 6 a.m. although a couple investigators remained on the scene as of 6:20 a.m.

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