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Historic Chilson building burns

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A historic former tavern in Ticonderoga’s Chilson hamlet was destroyed by a suspicious fire that ripped through the 1879 structure. The fire was reported at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the former Hideout Bar on Route 74 near Putt’s Pond Road in Chilson. Chilson firefighters arrived to find the two-story wood-frame building engulfed in flames.

Fire officials said no one was living in the structure when the fire broke out. The cause is under investigation by the Essex County Fire Investigation Unit.

The building is owned by James and Stephanie Frasier of Chilson.

Chilson Fire Police member Fred Hunsdon said firefighters worked to save the structure, but it was too far gone.

“It was destroyed. It’s flat on the ground.”

Chilson firefighters got mutual aid from Ticonderoga and Crown Point, with Schroon Lake on standby at Chilson’s station.

No one was injured fighting the fire, officials said.

Essex County Emergency Services Deputy Director Michael Blaise said Wednesday that the second floor collapsed into the first floor at the structure, making their investigation more difficult.

“It (the fire) certainly appears suspicious, since no one was living there. We’re continuing the investigation.”

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