Man escapes Tupper Lake house fire

A local man crawled out a window to escape an early morning fire Saturday that killed his dog and seriously damaged the house he was renting.

Tupper Lake First Assistant Fire Chief Royce Cole said Matthew Burnham of Tupper Lake was asleep in his bedroom when fire broke out in the one-story house at 34 First St.

“The smoke alarm woke him up, and he ended up having to jump out his bedroom window,” Cole said. “The fire was blocking his exit out the door.”

Burnham wasn’t injured, but his dog died of smoke inhalation in the fire, Cole said.

The Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department got the call at 1:25 a.m. Saturday. Cole said heavy smoke was coming from the front of the house when the first firefighters arrived on scene.

“We stretched one (hose) line, and we had our interior attack guys go in the front door,” he said. “They knocked the fire down really quick. It was a good save.”

Cole said there was “pretty extensive fire damage” to the living room, along with heavy smoke and water damage throughout the house.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Cole said.

The property is owned by Jay H. Skiff of Tupper Lake and Kirk Roberts of Glens Falls.

Roughly 30 Tupper Lake firefighters responded to the call, returning to the fire station by 4 a.m.

The Piercefield Volunteer Fire Department sent an airpack refilling system to the scene, and an engine and manpower to the Tupper Lake firehouse.