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Fire alarm provided by neighbor saves a couple two weeks later


MOREAU, N.Y. – The interior of a Moreau home was gutted by fire early Thursday morning, but the couple inside escaped unharmed thanks to neighbors.

A fire broke out around 2 a.m. at the home at 7 Myron St.

"About a quarter-mile out we could see the orange glow," first responder Chris Watson said. "We knew it was a good fire."

Watson said it was one of the largest fires he had seen in a while.

"In a matter of minutes the whole house was engulfed," he said. "Windows melting. Everything was going."

Timothy Baker lives next door. He heard his doorbell ringing and found his neighbors outside asking for help.

"Standing there with his P.Js. told us his house was on fire," Baker said.

When Baker stepped outside of his house, he witnessed the blaze ripping through his neighbors' one-story home.

"I found the wife on front steps, and I brought her to safety," he explained.

Baker said his neighbors heard the smoke alarm go off in the middle of the night. He had just given his elderly neighbors the alarm two weeks ago.

"The smoke alarm woke them up," he said.

The house and a car in the attached garage were destroyed, but the couple survived the flames.

The couple stayed at Baker's house overnight but will stay with relatives temporarily.

Officials believe the fire started around a wood stove, but South Glens Falls Fire Department and the Saratoga County Cause and Origin team are conducting an investigation to determine the actual cause.

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