Blaze Destroys Home

Couch Likely Source Of Morning Fire On McKinley Avenue In City

Five people were displaced after a fire broke out at their McKinley Avenue home early Monday. The fire began in a couch on the front porch before spreading to the rest of the residence. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

A couch sitting on the porch of a Jamestown residence was found to be the likely source of a fire the destroyed a home early Monday.

Lt. Tim Glenn of the Jamestown Fire Department said investigators were still looking at the exact cause of the blaze that ripped through the 202 McKinley Ave. residence. Firefighters were called around 4 a.m. and found the two and a half story property nearly fully engulfed by flames.

Five people were living in two apartments within the building. However, fire officials said no one was home at the time of the blaze.

Glenn said investigators determined the fire started in a couch that was on the front porch. He said the fire then spread to the exterior of the property on the ground floor before making its way to the roof.

“We still have some things to go through,” Glenn said of determining what caused the fire in the couch. “There are some things we need to cross off our list.”

City firefighters were on McKinley Avenue for several hours. Crews were assisted by officers with the Jamestown Police Department and Busti’s ambulance.

Jamestown city officials were contacted about a possible demolition since the property was deemed unstable. The residence remained standing as of late Monday.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross said it is assisting the five people displaced by the fire.