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County firefighters battle five fires over 48 hour span

November 7, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

By Katie Atkins

Fire does not discriminate. This was made clear when several structures went up in flames in Chautauqua County during a two-day span.

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Pictured above is what was left of a 1970s motor home that caught on fire in Gerry on Monday.

Firefighters in Chautauqua County have battled unique fires involving everything from a standard residential home, trailer and motor home to a business and a church.


State police along with Kennedy, Ellington and Gerry fire departments responded to the report of a structure fire on Old Chautauqua Road Monday night when a 1970s motor home became engulfed in flames around 6 p.m. at the Chautauqua Hills Camp in Gerry.

The blaze began when a crew of workers were dismantling the vehicle in order to remove it from the property. While using metal tools, a spark ignited near the camper's propane tank, causing it to become fully engulfed "in about 60 seconds," said Raughnsen Payne, director for the camp.

No one was injured and the blaze was extinguished within 45 minutes.


Earlier in the day, six residents were displaced from their home at the Willowbrook Trailer Park in Stockton around 11 a.m.

Stockton Fire Department responded to the scene on Route 380 along with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's team of fire investigators who said the cause had not been determined as of Monday evening.

The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York's disaster response team provided aid to the tenants.

A witness at the scene said no one was home at the time of the fire but several pets were lost. Cassadaga and Brocton fire departments also responded to the call.

There were no reported injuries.


The cause of a Sunday evening fire in the town of Westfield has been released.

According to Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies, the cause of a blaze at 6842 Webster Road was determined to be accidental in nature and occurred due to heat exposure to a wall behind a woodstove in the home. The Red Cross assisted three people.


On Sunday, moderate damage occurred to a downtown Fredonia building. Owners of the Kangaroo Cafe reported a fire in the basement of One Park Place (formerly known as the Russo Building) around 2:45 p.m. Immediate mutual aid was requested from the City of Dunkirk Fire Department as Fredonia firefighters were already providing mutual aid to the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department for an unrelated emergency medical situation.

Thirteen individuals were displaced from the building for a short period of time.


A fire engulfed the Tri-Church Parish building in Brocton Sunday morning around 1:30 a.m. and kept fire crews from seven local companies busy for hours. No one was in the church at the time of the fire. However, it was deemed a total loss by Brocton Fire Chief Brian Woleben.

Brocton Fire Department was aided by Portland, Stockton, Westfield, Fredonia, City of Dunkirk and East Town of Dunkirk fire departments. Chautauqua County Fire Police and the Office of Emergency Services also responded.



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