Removal Of Debris Following Downtown Falconer Fire Begins

Removal of debris at the site of a fire in downtown Falconer began Thursday. The building at 15 W. Main St. was heavily damaged in the blaze. P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

FALCONER — Removal of debris following a fire in downtown Falconer that destroyed a building beyond repair last month began Thursday.

Crews began loading the demolition material around 11 a.m. at the former 15 W. Main St. building. Brian Nelson, who owned the property as well as the Falconer Vac Shop on the first floor, said he had to wait for his insurance company to give the green-light before the debris could be removed.

“I feel bad it’s taken so long,” Nelson told The Post-Journal last week regarding the delay in cleanup following the Jan. 14 fire.

The building was demolished days after the fire when Nelson learned the structure could not be saved. He owned the property for 30 years, and also worked at a hardware store within the building for more than a decade before that.

Chautauqua County fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of the blaze, which was believed to have started in the attic. A dozen tenants living in apartments on the upper floors were displaced due to the fire.

“I have 48 years there,” Nelson said last month. “I’ve owned it for 30 years. Every day was a milestone; I loved my job.”

See Friday’s edition of The Post-Journal for more coverage.