CANTON — A man died in a house fire here Friday night, and a woman was treated for smoke inhalation.
Four fire departments — Morley, Rensselaer Falls, Canton and Potsdam — responded to the blaze at 41 Main St. in front of McCarthy's Furniture Barn. Yellow and red flames poured out of holes in the green roof, and smoke could be seen from more than a mile away on Route 68.
Authorities were not releasing the names of the two people involved in the fire, but neighbors identified the victim as Jamie Robinson. Mr. Robinson was at the house with his girlfriend, who managed to escape on her own, authorities said.
She was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, where she was treated for smoke inhalation. Hospital officials would not release her condition, but a person who answered the phone at the emergency room said that she was "fine."
Firefighters responded just after 8 p.m., and the fire was under control just shy of 9:30 p.m. There was no risk of the fire spreading to other properties or homes, officials said.
"When I got here, it was pretty well involved," Canton Fire Chief Michael E. Dalton said. "The fire was everywhere."
Traffic was blocked off in both directions on Main Street as firefighters went to work, spraying through windows and then tearing down a charred back porch.
A group of people whom witnesses described as the deceased's family stood on the other side of the road, hugging and crying.
St. Lawrence County Fire Investigator W. Joseph Lacks said late Friday that officials were far from determining what started the blaze. County fire officials are heading up the investigation.