JAMESTOWN – Investigators are continuing to seek what caused the massive fire at an old furniture factory in Jamestown last week.
The Jamestown Fire Department was called to the Jamestown Royal Upholstery Company on East Crescent Street Friday evening for reports of massive smoke and flames coming from the old factory.
The fire, which Jamestown Fire Chief Matthew Coon says burned incredibly hot, impacted nearby homes and businesses, including a Ciancio Mechanical a plumbing business across the street.
The owner of the shop, who did not want to appear on camera for an interview Monday morning, tells WNY News Now the Jamestown BPU have set up a temporary generator to restore power to his shop, which sustained some damage from the fire.
Now that the blaze has been extinguished, an emergency demolition has brought down the remaining structure. However, before that happened, Chief Coon says crews spent time searching the rubble.
“As we go through and try to mop up hotspots, we will be checking to make sure that there has been no injuries associated with this blaze,” Coon said Friday.
As of airtime we are still awaiting a callback from the fire department with more details about their continued investigation at this time, however, those living in the area explain the impact this fire will have moving forward.
“It’s a building that myself and my fiancé have talked about a lot, and how it could be utilized for other things in this town,” said Jaycee Moore, who lives near the fire scene. “I think this day is not going to be forgotten in Jamestown.
The structure, which at one-point symbolized Jamestown’s long history in the furniture industry, has been an eyesore for many in the community over the recent years, with residents telling us the dilapidated building was home to in some cases unwanted illicit activities.