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Sunday Fire Destroys Sunset Bay Home

Flames overtake a home at 936 Erie St. in Sunset Bay. Photo by Daniel R. Kohler

IRVING — Seven fire companies were on the scene early Sunday morning of a major fire in Sunset Bay.

The call came in around 4:30. Upon arrival, crews found the home at 936 Erie St. in flames. Fire department crews responding included Sunset Bay, Cassadaga, East Dunkirk, Forestville, Fredonia, Sheridan and Silver Creek. Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Service also was at the scene.

County Executive George Borrello, who was at the scene, noted on his Facebook feed: “Everyone got out safe. Our first responders got here quickly. …They have saved the neighboring houses.”

The aftermath of the fire left only the skeleton of the house in the front, and took all but one small section of roof. The rear of the house sustained heavy damage from the flames, only sparing a few walls. In the few areas that weren’t skeletonized, insulation and outside panels are all that remains, while the flooring appears to have completely caved.

A car parked in the driveway of the residence on Erie Street was also destroyed in the fire. The interior and windows were completely burned beyond repair, while the outside of the vehicle was charred and stripped of the red paint.

The garage on the property sustained damage to the roof and one of the doors, but remains relatively intact compared to the home. Half of the extended awning collapsed inwards, crushing down on the garage door, and tearing a hole into a corner of the garage itself.

A boat parked beneath the awning has also been made inoperative. The rear of the boat sustained heavy damage, completely ruining the outboard motor, and melting nearly the entire stern.

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