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Lewis County residence destroyed by flames

Resident unhurt, officials say, but home and contents lost

Posted 12/21/21

LOWVILLE — A home in Lewis County was totally destroyed by fire late Saturday night, fueled by high winds and wintry temperatures, according to fire officials. County officials said the alarm was …

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Lewis County residence destroyed by flames

Resident unhurt, officials say, but home and contents lost

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LOWVILLE — A home in Lewis County was totally destroyed by fire late Saturday night, fueled by high winds and wintry temperatures, according to fire officials.

County officials said the alarm was raised at 10:07 p.m. by resident Robert Powis for a fire at his home at 3478 Route 177.

Responding firefighters found the home fully involved, and said within 10 minutes that the second floor of the residence collapsed.

Attempts to make entry into the home were pushed back by heavy fire and heat conditions, the fire officials added.

Volunteers from three departments worked into the night to douse the fire, but were significantly hampered by the conditions.

Officials said heavy winds Saturday night spread the flames throughout the residence. Firefighters also had to contend with freezing temperatures.

Authorities said the home eventually sustained too much damage and had begun swaying in the heavy winds.

A county tractor was called to the scene to knock down the rest of the building in order to put the flames out for good, the officials added.

The fire officials said that the home had sustained too much damage to determine the cause of the fire.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, the authorities stated; however, the building and all of its contents are a total loss, officials added.

Crews returned to the scene twice more on Sunday for rekindled debris.

The Lowville, Martinsburg and Copenhagen fire departments responded to the blaze, according to the authorities.

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