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Attempt to thaw pipes starts Lowville apartment building fire

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LOWVILLE — An attempt to thaw frozen pipes ignited a fire in a three-family apartment building in the village Monday.

Lowville volunteer firefighters responded to reports of smoke in a basement at 7529 S. State St. about 3:30 p.m., where Lowville Fire Chief Timothy N. Bush said firefighters discovered a floor joist had caught fire and the flames spread through the floor.

Firefighters used chain saws to cut through a bathroom floor to extinguish the flames.

Traffic on State Street was blocked off from Elm Street to Dayan Street for approximately 90 minutes.

Mutual aid was requested from the Croghan and New Bremen fire departments. No injuries were reported and no tenants were displaced. The building is owned by Steven and Christine Ahrendt.

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