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Cause Unknown In Blaze That Killed Canton Man

Johnson News Service

CANTON - Fire investigators still don't know what caused a blaze here that killed a man and sent a woman to the hospital Friday night.
"That's going to take a little interviewing and talking to people," said the lead fire investigator, Olgierd J. "Augie" Weiss, of the St. Lawrence County Fire Investigation Team.
Mr. Weiss said the fire probably started at the back southwest corner of the house, but a definitive cause is not yet known.
Authorities still are not releasing the names of the deceased man or the woman who was treated for injuries at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam. Mr. Weiss said she was treated for cuts and bruises on her hands and smoke inhalation.
Neighbors identified the injured woman as Michelle Bush. Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca J. Sutcliffe said she no longer was a patient there. Fire authorities had said she managed to escape the house on her own and a hospital nurse Friday said she was "fine."
Neighbors identified the deceased man as Jamie Robinson, who was living at the 41 W. Main St. home, a white house with a green roof in front of McCarthy's Furniture Barn. The property is owned by Vern Green, 9 College St., according to a news release.
The fire, which started about 8 p.m. and was under control about an hour and a half later, could be seen from more than a mile away on Route 68.
The damage to the house was "total," according to the news release.
An autopsy for Mr. Robinson is scheduled for Monday at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

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