MORIAH — A fire destroyed a two-story home that contained two apartments at 169 Edgemont Road on Feb. 17.
The home was a total loss. The only thing left standing were three chimneys.
Owner of the building Bernard Beebe said when he got to the fire he knew the building would be a total loss.
“Oh yeah, it was smoking and there were a lot of flames,” Beebe said.
A combination of high winds and a lack of a water source at the remote location proved to be a major hinderance for fire crews, who had to have water trucked in from Port Henry to battle the blaze.
Although there was a hydrant located about half a mile from the blaze, a blown water main kept firefighters from utilizing it.
Displaced by the fire were Larry and Doris Evens, who rent one of the apartments in the building. They were not home when the blaze began at approximately 1 p.m.
Moriah firefighters received mutual aid from Port Henry, Mineville-Witherbee, Crown Point and Ticonderoga. Westport brought the County Air One truck to the scene to refill oxygen packs and State Police and the Moriah Ambulance Squad were also present, fighting the blaze into the evening hours.
Fire crews had to return Monday morning to extinguish flames that had rekindled.
Beebe said he doesn’t have insurance on the building and said he didn’t believe Doris and Larry Evans had renters insurance. The other apartment was vacant.
After getting the call at 12:30 p.m. and seeing his building ablaze and smoking that day, Beebe said he was just glad no one got hurt.
On Monday, while curious onlookers stopped on their way past the house, Beebe posted signs on hay bails to stay away from the crumbling structure.
“I don’t want anyone stepping on nails or something, that chimney is kind of wobbly; I just don’t want anyone getting hurt, thank God no one got hurt yesterday,” Beebe said.
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The Essex County Fire Investigation Unit is handling the investigation.
Beebe bought the building in 2001 and it stood next to a large barn he uses for storage for his farm and business, Beebe’s Sawmill, less than a mile down the road from the house. He is unsure if he will rebuild the home or tear it down.
Staff Writer Shaun Kittle contributed to this article.