Police identify victim in fatal Lowville fire

The investigation into the cause of the afternoon blaze at an apartment at 5413 Hemlock Drive, Lowville, continued into the early evening on Friday. Investigators say the inquiry is ongoing and no details are available as of yet. Julie Abbass/Watertown Daily Times

LOWVILLE — The Lowville Police Department has identified the victim of Friday’s fatal fire.

Thomas C. Young, 58, was found dead after a fire at 5413 Hemlock Drive in the Willow Landing apartment complex.

A dog also died in the blaze.

Lowville Assistant Fire Chief Gerry Nortz said the call originated when Lewis County Search and Rescue and a local patrol responded to a Lifenet alert just before 3:30 p.m. Friday.

When the first responders found heavy smoke coming out of the lower apartment, the call was bumped to the fire department, Chief Nortz said.

Three neighboring apartments were evacuated due to the intensity of the smoke, but no other injuries were reported. The evacuated residents were allowed to return home once the smoke was cleared from their apartments.

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