Honduras Mission Trip Supplies Destroyed In Fire At Chautauqua County Church

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BEMUS POINT – A Chautauqua County Church’s supplies for a Honduras Mission trip were destroyed following a fire in Bemus Point on Monday, with the blaze likely started by a man seeking shelter from the rain.

The Bemus Point Fire Department, along with fire crews from Ashville, were dispatched to St. Timothy’s Church on Rt. 430 for a storage shed fire around 7 a.m.

When crews arrived on scene they found one storage shed completely engulfed with fire, jeopardizing a second building on site.

First responders ermined neither building was occupied, and there was no danger to the church building itself. They then quickly contained the fire from spreading and extinguished the blaze.

Firefighters say a unidentified man was found on scene. He told personnel that he entered the shed to get out of the rain and cold. While inside, officials say, he started a small fire to keep warm, and within minutes the fire spread to the contents within.

The man was turned over to Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies for further investigation.


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