JAMESTOWN – Security camera video from a Thayer Street residence shows a woman running away from the scene of a massive fire overnight Wednesday.
Fire crews were called to 31 Thayer St. just after 2 a.m. for a report of a blaze at an abandoned house.
Ann Rhodes, who lives next door to the fire scene, tells WNYNewsNow she woke up to her neighbor banging on her door.
“We got woken up about 2 a.m. this morning, my next-door neighbor knocked (on our door) and rang our doorbell that we needed to get out,” explained Rhodes. “They were worried that it (the fire) was going to jump from my next-door neighbor’s house to my house.”
Rhodes husband recently installed high-definition security cameras around their home. In video shared with WNYNewsNow, cameras capture a woman walking towards the scene around 1:50 a.m. and then running away just minutes before the fire broke out at 1:55 a.m. Rhodes believes that whoever was captured on video likely started the blaze.
“It looks like somebody threw something in the house or caught something on fire in the house,” explained Rhodes.
She says the fire quickly spread to the nearby house at the corner of Thayer and Second Street and the house directly next to her home. Both homes, according to Rhodes, were vacant.
At 8:30 Wednesday morning crews remained on scene as the structures were torn down.
Rhodes says fire investigators took a copy of their footage to examine. Jamestown Police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact them at 483-7537 or call the anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS (8477).