25 October 2021
Major Ruben A. Oliver
Troop B Commander


On October 23, 2021, at approximately 10:30 am, State Police were called to a camper fire at Township #19 Camp on Pitchfork Pond Road in the town of Tupper Lake.

An investigation revealed other campers were driving past site #8 and noticed smoke coming from the area. They went to investigate and once at the site they discovered a tow behind camper destroyed by fire.

Tupper Lake and Piercefield Fire Departments responded and located two victims, deceased, in the debris.

The victims have been tentatively identified as Thomas Smiddy, 53, Fort Covington, and Kerry Jacobs, 48, Fort Covington.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Autopsies are pending on both victims to determine their cause of death.

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