Crews battle Beaver Street house fire

The Dunkirk Fire Department remained on-scene for over three hours after responding to a structure fire at 206 S. Beaver St. in the city of Dunkirk Thursday afternoon.

Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom said the blaze originated in the basement of the house and had spread up to the attic and the roof by the time crews arrived to extinguish the flames.

“The fire had gone up the outside wall in the rear of the structure and was already up into the second floor and into the attic,” he told the OBSERVER. “We had quite a time in finding exactly where all of the fire was located and getting it knocked down.”

Firefighters started with an interior attack, but when the fire broke through the roof, crews switched to an exterior attack using a ladder pipe and high volumes of water to put it out.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. Ahlstrom said one occupant of the home was already out by the time firefighters arrived.

“I’m not sure if she was home at the time, but everybody was out of the house when we arrived,” he stated.

Ahlstrom said he believes the house will “very likely be declared a total loss.”

“There was significant damage to the roof, and the roof in the middle part of the house collapsed about halfway through the fire and into the structure,” he added.

The call came in at 2:05 p.m and the scene was cleared at 5:23 p.m.

The cause is currently under investigation.

According to the online city assessment records, 206 S. Beaver St. is a two-family residence owned by Benito Rodriguez of King Street.

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