Family Of Four Homeless Following Jamestown House Fire

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JAMESTOWN – A family of four are homeless following a house fire in Jamestown that claimed the life of three pet cats.

Crews with the Jamestown Fire Department were dispatched to 341 East 5th Street around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The home’s owner, Ken Glazier, tells WNY News Now his brother discovered flames on the first floor of the single-family home. He was able to safely evacuate his children and girlfriend.

Fire crews called in off duty manpower to assist in knocking down flames. After spending several hours on location, the department returned mid-morning for a report of smoke rising from debris. That report turned out to be sunshine reflecting off the remaining structure.

Glazier tells us he is disappointed and saddened to see the house badly damaged, saying his family has completed significant work in renovating the home in the recent years.

He, along with contractors, were on site boarding up the windows. His brother’s family has reached out to the Red Cross for assistance.

The Jamestown Fire Department says an improperly discarded cigarette on the front porch likely sparked the blaze, with flames extending to the first floor interior of the home before spreading throughout the structure.


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