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Sun., Oct. 4
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Fire destroys Akwesasne barn


AKWESASNE - An early morning fire on Wednesday left a Jock Road barn owned by Henry and Jean Laughing in ruins. Two other dwellings on the property sustained minor heat damage, according to Hogansburg/Akwesasne Second Assistant Chief Clinton Jacobs.

“We lost the whole barn. It was fully engulfed when we got there,” Mr. Jacobs said.

The barn was about 20 feet by 30 feet with a lean-to built onto the back, according to the assistant chief. He said that it contained a hay conveyer, which was also destroyed.

Mr. Jacobs said the vinyl siding on Laughing’s house was melted from the intense heat, as was the siding on his daughter’s double-wide, also located on the property near the barn.

The Laughings had several horses on the property that were not in the barn at the time of the fire and were unharmed, Mr. Jacobs said. He added that they had a steel barn-like structure used to store hay was untouched by the fire.

Hogansburg/Akwesasne firefighters responded to a 911 call made around 9:30 a.m. and were back in service around 11:15 a.m., Mr. Jacobs said. He said that Mrs. Laughing was at home at the time of the fire but Mr. Laughing was not. He was unsure who called 911.

Bombay and Fort Covington provided mutual aid.

Mr. Jacobs said about 35 firefighters were on-scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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