Firefighters Knock Down Cottage Park Blaze
LAKEWOOD — No one was injured, but two pets perished in a fire that broke out Wednesday.
A neighbor spotted smoke coming from 2244 Second Ave. in Cottage Park near Lakewood around 11:45 a.m. and called 911. Kurt Hallberg, Lakewood fire chief, said he arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the front door.
“There was a lot of smoke since the fire hadn’t self-ventilated yet, and the windows started to crack,” said Hallberg, noting that fire was located inside the kitchen before it was quickly knocked down.
Hallberg said no one was home when the fire broke out; he said two pets were removed from the home and given CPR, though were later deemed to have perished.
Utilities were disconnected from the property, and volunteer firefighters from Ashville and Celoron assisted on the Second Avenue fire scene. Officers with the Lakewood-Busti Police Department also responded.
The property sustained significant smoke, fire and water damage in the blaze. Members of the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded, though no cause was immediately available.
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said due to firefighting efforts, discolored water would be expected on the west side of Jamestown as well as West Ellicott, Lakewood, Celoron and Cottage Park. BPU said water customers should avoid doing laundry until water appears clear. Water generally takes 12 to 24 hours to clear.