LOWVILLE A Lowville home belonging to District 5 Lewis County Legislator Patrick F. Wallace was destroyed in a fire Monday morning.
Firefighters with the Lowville Volunteer Fire Department said Mr. Wallace made it out of the 5548 Woodlawn Ave. house safely. His wife, Mary A., was not home at the time of the fire, which started shortly after 8 a.m. The cause is still under investigation but the fire appears to have started around an electric heater in a bedroom. Mr. Wallace was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Lowville First Assistant Fire Chief Robert Van Nest said the two-story house sustained heavy fire and water damage and was deemed a total loss.
It took firefighters several hours to extinguish the blaze it was put out by 11:35 a.m. partly because the steel roof was trapping the heat inside the building.
Mr. Wallace, a hunter, also told firefighters there was gunpowder in the basement, but it did not catch fire, Mr. Van Nest said. The house was insured.
The investigation continues. No further information was available Monday. Assisting Lowville firefighters at the scene were the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis County Search and Rescue and Lowville village police.