Working Garage Fire
By Fire Chief Robert Crowe
April 9, 2023

Canton Fire was dispatched at 2123 hours to 2177 SH 68 for a reported structure fire with exposures. Assistant Chief Shawn McGregor was enroute immediately. Two minutes later Chief McGregor arrived, established command, confirmed a working garage fire with the house as an exposure, and requested activation of the Tanker Task Force for that zone. Engine 7 (B. Johnson) was enroute at 2127. Chief Bob Crowe arrived on scene at 2132 and assumed command of the incident with Chief McGregor moving to operations. As Engine 7 was arriving the fire was beginning to extend to the residence, which was less than 10 feet from the heavily involved garage. Chief McGregor directed initial line to the hose to prevent any further spread with the second line going to knock down the fire. Engine 7 set up a porta tank for water shuttle operations. Tanker 20 (B. McCluskey) arrived and dropped its first load of water. Engine 8 (S.Cary) and Rescue 1 (R.Grandaw) arrived shortly there after with, Engine 6 (E.Johnson) going to fill tankers at the hydrant at the Price Chopper. The Tanker Task Force request brought mutual aid from Pierrepont Fire, Potsdam Fire, West Potsdam Fire, Pyrites Fire, and Russell Fire. Two firefighters received minor injuries with one being transported to Canton Potsdam Hospital by Canton Rescue Squad for evaluation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the St. Lawrence County Fire investigation Team. Canton Fire has twenty-three members respond and all Canton Fire units were back in service at 0142.

Units: Engine 7, Engine 8, Engine 6, Rescue 1, Tanker 20
Mutual Aid: Potsdam Fire, West Potsdam Fire, Pyrites Fire, Pierrepont Fire, Russell Fire, Canton Rescue, Canton PD, SLC Sheriff's, National Grid.