Gunfire, live wires greet firefighters in Frewsburg home fire

FREWSBURG – A Frewsburg home was destroyed by a fire Friday afternoon.

At 4 p.m., firefighters responded to a fully engulfed house fire at 18 Frew Run St. in Frewsburg. According to Chief John Lindsay, of the Frewsburg Volunteer Fire Department, at the time of the fire it was not clear as to whether anyone was home during the incident.

“When we showed up at the scene the house was fully involved,” Lindsay said. “The roof has collapsed and right now we’re just drowning it with water to try and put it out. We’ve got the white smoke coming, so that means we’ve got ahead of it. The house is done though.”

Lindsay also said that there were guns and ammunition in the house that were going off when the departments first arrived on the scene. The power lines came down and they were still live as the fire was being extinguished. National Grid showed up to shut them down. National Fuel was also at the scene.

Four volunteer fire departments responded to the fire including Frewsburg, Kiantone, Kennedy and Falconer.

“I thank the responders because mutual aid companies are great and they come when you call,” said Lindsay. “Plus, Falconer came out with their ladder truck and we can’t do it without them.”

The Red Cross was assisting victims of the fire at WCA Hospital on Friday evening.