Fire At Student Rental Property Under Investigation

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JAMESTOWN – Fire investigators are looking into what caused a fire at 154 James Ave. Apt. #9, a student rental property located near SUNY JCC, after a blaze broke out just before noon Tuesday.

Jamestown Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Coon said that all the residents were outside of the apartment when crews arrived.

“Anywhere in close proximity to the college campus, there is always that concern that there could be residents in there,” said Coon. “We did what we usually do as far as doing a search, make sure everyone is safe, then extinguished the fire.”

Coon said the Red Cross and Jamestown Community College are now assisting those affected by the fire.

“There is some smoke and some other water damage in areas of the building, so we asked the Red Cross to come out and assist them (the residents); and JCC from what I understand is also going to be helping out those students as well to make sure they have a place to go in the short term,” said Coon.

When asked if the fire is suspicious in nature, Coon could not comment directly on the investigation as it is in its early stages.

“All calls are given the same due diligence right from the get go and it is in its early stages right now so that would be up to the investigators to determine.”

Coon said no one was hurt in the incident.

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