Residents Report Hearing Loud Explosion Prior To Fire That Destroyed Apartment

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JAMESTOWN – Residents living on Forest Avenue say they heard a loud explosion prior to a fire that destroyed a multi-unit apartment on Sunday.

The Jamestown Fire Department Chief Matthew Coon says investigators believe the fire at 262 Forest Ave. was caused by an incendiary device and was likely intentionally set.

In total, Coon says 12 people were displaced by the fire. In addition, a dog and two cats perished in the blaze.

A woman living in the area told a WNYNewsNow camera crew she heard a loud “boom” around the time the fire was reported.

“I live two houses down the street, and I was sitting in my recliner and heard a boom,” said the woman. “It shook my house a little bit.”

Coon says the fire started in the lower section of the building. The structure has since been completely demolished.


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