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No One Injured In Blaze That Destroyed City Residence

No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a multi-family residence early Friday in Jamestown. City fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

No one was injured, but a multi-family property was destroyed by fire early Friday.

Jamestown firefighters were called to the corner of West Eighth and Cherry streets around 12:25 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. According to Matthew Coon, Jamestown deputy fire chief, crews arrived to find heavy flames coming from the rear of the property.

The fire spread from the back wall up to the second floor and eventually the attic. Coon said firefighters initially made entry to battle the blaze; however, flames and heat forced crews to exit and focus on an exterior attack.

The fire was under control by about 3 a.m.

Coon said an occupant on the first floor unit, which faces West Eighth Street, was not home when the fire broke out. The second family unit, which faces Cherry Street, was not occupied.

Firefighters were assisted at the scene early Friday by members of the Jamestown Police Department, the city Department of Development, National Fuel and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

The area near West Eighth and Cherry streets was closed to traffic for several hours.

City officials are reportedly talking with the property owner. Coon said an emergency demolition was not require, though noted the structure sustained significant damage and will likely have to come down.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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