On Jan. 5, the village experienced a very serious fire on Cottage Street.
The initial call was received at 6:45 a.m. Prior to the fire department arriving at the scene Patrolman Muscato arrived at the scene and inquired as to whether or not all occupants were accounted for. He was told that an elderly gentleman lived in the front apartment where it appeared the fire started. Patrolman Muscato looked through the window an observed a person lying on the floor.
As he was attempting to enter the house, Herb Johnson, who was responding to the call stopped and assisted Patrolman Muscato. Both entered the building which was engulfed in some flames, without any protective gear, and brought the victim to safety who was transported to Westfield Hospital with serious burns and smoke inhalation.
When the Fire Department arrived they immediately attempting to quell the blaze.This was a difficult blaze, the fire went to the second floor and then to the attic. Because the residence had metal roofing it did not allow the flames to burn through the roof but contained them on the third floor.They were able to stop the fire in one location and it immediately appeared in another location.
The Mayville ladder truck arrived and were able to cut a hole in the roof, along with Westfield using high-pressure hose to blow some of the metal roofing off and allowing the firemen to then get water to the third floor.
They were called back around 6 p.m. to put out a small fire that had reignited. The Westfield Fire Department did a fantastic job keeping the blaze under control and from spreading to adjacent homes. With the assistance of neighboring departments the blaze was eventually brought under control. This fire demonstrated the dedication of our volunteer fire department to the safety of our village, and the rapid response time to this fire..
In addition to the Westfield Fire Department, fire departments from Ripley, Mayville, Brocton, Sherman, Fredonia, Alstar Ambulance, East Dunkirk REHAB Unit, Chautauqua County Fire Police Team, County Fire Coordinator, Battalion 1 and 2 Deputy Coordinators, Chautauqua County Red Cross, Westfield Ministerial Association, Chautauqua County Chaplin Peter Dawson, Chautauqua County Sheriff Fire Investigation Team, Westfield Electric department and Public Works Department provided support.
Local business that assisted with coffee and water were Crosby's Mini Mart, Vine City Dairy, Mc Donalds and Tops Markets. The Westfield Family Physicians allowed use of their parking lot and use of electrical outlets.
I can not thank every who participated by name alone, only the groups. It is refreshing to know that in time of situations like this that everyone pulls together with no questions asked. Our fire department did an outstanding job as did all of the other departments that responded to our call.
I have received several phone calls, and emails from residents complimenting our Fire Department in the way they handled this fire and the fact that they prevented any damage to adjoining properties.