Firefighters Battle Four Structure Fires In Rapid Succession

Firefighters working on a blaze on West 10th Street in Jamestown.

Several structure fires broke out in rapid succession late Friday and early Saturday in Jamestown, gripping a city that has seen multiple blazes in less than a month.

The first fire was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Friday at 654 E. Sixth St. Multiple off-duty firefighters were called to the scene to assist, and crews remained on scene for several hours.

No further information was immediately available regarding the blaze, though it is believed the fire broke out in the rear of the structure and made its way to the front.

The blaze occurred just a few houses down from a fire that occurred Thursday at 621 E. Sixth St. around 6 p.m. It was the third time first responders were summoned to the location, with the first two coming within a 24-hour span in early March.

At about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Jamestown firefighters were alerted to another structure fire, this one on Crossman Street near the intersection of Lakeview Avenue. Multiple calls were received from area residents stating that flames were shooting from the structure.

The scene of East Sixth Street in Jamestown on March 24, where several fires broke out in a 48-hour span. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

Not long after that, fire dispatch received multiple reports of brush on fire near 30 W. 11th St. Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from a neighboring residence and a structure fire was discovered. Due to a lack of available manpower, Celoron firefighters were dispatched to assist.

As crews remained on scene at all three separate fires, a heavy police presence was observed throughout the downtown area.

Around 2 a.m., a fire dispatcher notified personnel of another structure fire on West 10th Street. Crews from one block over and from Lakeview Avenue quickly rushed to the scene.

As first responders arrived, smoke billowed from the vacant West 10th Street residence and fire soon erupted from the second floor. Firefighters were ordered to evacuate the immediate scene as flames quickly burst through multiple windows.

As was the case in the first three fires, a large crowd gathered at the scene.

Flames shoot from a residence near Lakeview Avenue and Crossman Street. P-J photo by Melinda Centi

No cause for any of the fires were known.