RUSSELL -- A Cty. Rt. 17 structure was extensively damaged by fire early Monday.
The fire, to a house owned and occupied by Franklin Mackin, 623 Cty. Rt. 17, started when an ember from welding ignited a nearby wood pile, according to St. Lawrence County fire investigators.
The alarm came into the DeGrasse Fire Department at 1:52 a.m. DeGrasse and Russell rescue units also responded , along with Russell, Edwards, Hermon, Pyrites, Canton and Star Lake departments. Volunteers from Gouverneur, DeKalb Junction, Richville, amd Fine were on standby.
The DeGrasse department was back in service at 2:03 a.m.
Mackin was alone in the house at the time. No one was reported hurt.
The structure was insured, investigators said.