JAMESTOWN – Two people were taken to an area hospital following an early morning fire on West 7th Street in Jamestown Wednesday morning.
Fire officials say in total ten people were able to get out of the apartment house, with two taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital by Alstar EMS for treatment.
Additionally, fire crews report several pets died in the blaze.
Karen Christy, a nature photographer who lives in the area, told WNYNewsNow she woke up to heavy smoke in her neighborhood.
“I got up and I saw smoke coming up and at first I thought it was a cloud then I was like no, its rising from the earth up and I thought there was a fire,” explained Christy. “I have a camera, I belong to the Audubon Photo Club, and I thought I’ll go take pictures because usually the newspaper wants photos.”
Christy said she is very grateful for the first responders who quickly rushed to the scene to help extinguish the flames.
“(I saw the) men go up there (on the ladder) and go on the roof,” explained Christy. “I thought that was pretty dangerous and I thought I’d take pictures so people can see what firemen have to do, it looked like they were sawing through the roof, which looked pretty dangerous.”
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says city residents will likely see discolored water for the next 12 to 24 hours because of fire hydrant use.
Those displaced are now being assisted by the American Red Cross.