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Fire Sent 3 Firefighters To Hospital, Ruled Accidental

A fire that broke out at a city home early Sunday was ruled accidental. Three Jamestown firefighters were treated and released for injuries suffered battling the blaze. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

A fire that damaged a Jamestown home early Sunday has been ruled accidental.

Three city firefighters were taken to UPMC Chautauqua hospital while battling the blaze at 4 Forest Park, located between Warner Place and Washington Street. According to Sam Salemme, Jamestown battalion chief, the three firefighters were treated and released from the hospital, but couldn’t elaborate on their injuries.

The fire — which Salemme said began in the attic — was reported at 2:30 p.m. and was doused in about a half hour. Crews were on scene for several hours while county fire investigators were called to determine the cause.

The blaze was ruled accidental, though the exact cause was not released by the fire department.

Members of the Chautauqua County Fire Police were called to shut down portions of Forest Avenue. Firefighters from Busti, Celoron, Lakewood and Kennedy were summoned to the city to assist at the scene. A rehab trailer from the Kiantone Fire Department was also called, while Falconer firefighters were asked to stand by at City Hall.

Salemme said due to the Labor Day holiday and humid night, extra personnel were requested to prevent firefighters from becoming overly exhausted.

“Being so hot and humid with the fire in the attic the guys needed some additional assistance from the volunteers,” Salemme said.

The local American Red Cross chapter assisted six adults living at the residence at the time of the fire. No further injuries were reported.