Norwood barn totally destroyed by early morning fire; four departments respond
Monday, December 20, 2010 - 9:04 am

NORWOOD -- A barn was totally destroyed early this morning after a fire swept through the structure.

Norwood firefighters responded at 2:51 a.m. to the 184 Austin Ridge Rd. structure owned by Richard Eilliot.

Richard Shore noticed an 'orange glow' coming from outside the house around 2:30 a.m. and alerted his father, Richard Elliott.

Elliott ran outside in his bare feet and was able to get their car, 4-wheeler and fishing rods out before the barn became engulfed in flames.

"We're lucky it was put out before the fire got to the house...it was close, the siding started to buckle," said Elliott.

Mutual aid was provided by the Norfolk, West Potsdam and Potsdam fire departments. The Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad also responded.Richard Elliott, left, and son, Richard Shore, look over the remains of their barn on 184 Austin Ridge Rd., Norwood, early Monday morning. NorthCountryNow photos by Debbie MorganRichard Elliott, left, and son, Richard Shore, look over the remains of their barn on 184 Austin Ridge Rd., Norwood, early Monday morning. NorthCountryNow photos by Debbie Morgan

The Parishville, Madrid, West Stockholm and Morley fire departments were on stand-by.

Norwood firefighters returned to the station at 7:44 a.m.

Cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to St. Lawrence County fire investigators.

The building was insured, they said.