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Firefighters discover fire while on their way to go hunting

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LOUISVILLE - Peter and Sandy Roberts were on their way to go hunting Tuesday afternoon when Peter suggested to his father that they turn around.

Peter made the suggestion as they drove by the 14004 state Route 37 home of Harry Zobel, noting that as they drove by the home he saw what appeared to be smoke emanating from the eves of Mr. Zobel’s garage.

“When we went by the first time, the eves were all puffing smoke,” the younger Mr. Roberts said, adding he then ran to the garage to see what was going on. “I opened up the door and a whole bunch of smoke came out. Then I shut the door, because I didn’t want to feed the fire.”

Mr. Roberts, who noted that Mr. Zobel was not home at the time of the blaze, then called 911, as he and his father raced back to the fire hall to get a fire truck and officially respond to the scene.

“There isn’t much you can do without the fire truck,” Sandy Roberts said.

Peter said he made the call to 911 at 3:55 p.m., with firefighters on the scene for approximately one hour.

“It’s nice to actually save one,” Peter said, adding the fire was caused by a wood pile that was sitting next to a wood stove located in the garage.

Other than melting a fan and a radio, damage from the fire was limited to burning a hole in the ceiling of the garage.

“We’re lucky we drove by when we did,” Peter said. “This could have been a lot worse than it was.”

Louisville fire was assisted at the scene by firefighters from Massena and Waddington.

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