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Occupant trapped in a trailer fire rescued as firefighters battle the flames and the elements

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PLESSIS — One man was rescued from a fire that severely damaged his single-wide trailer and made difficult work for several fire companies in frigid weather Saturday night.

The unidentified man, the lone occupant of the home at 44012 County Route 2, was taken to River Hospital, Alexandria Bay. The hospital would not disclose any information about his condition.

The Plessis Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call about 6:30 p.m., and was joined by several additional departments, ambulance companies and state police, according to Joseph D. Plummer, Jefferson County director of fire and emergency management.

“We’ve got a lot of tankers here,” Mr. Plummer said. “We’re in a very rural situation, no fire hydrants, so we’re having to truck water into the scene. It’s extremely cold here so we’re having some problems with things freezing up. ... The cold is an awful lot of fatigue on the firefighters so we’re having to rotate firefighters in and out as well.”

The cause was undetermined, he said.

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