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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Firefighters battled flames at a former Jamestown factory previously deemed on the verge of a “catastrophic collapse.”
Crews from across Chautauqua County were called to the former Crawford Furniture factory at 1061 Allen Street around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
When first responders arrived on scene, they found the building completely engulfed in flames.
The location was deemed structurally unsafe and on verge of a “catastrophic collapse” earlier this year.
In fact the City of Jamestown’s legal team, through the Department of Development, took the owner to court in an attempt to address the issue.
While Jamestown Fire Chief Matthew Coon says there were no occupants inside at the time of the fire, an investigation into the cause continues.
“There is always a chance that it could be undetermined, if we are not able to pin-point a specific area of origin, but it is way to early to tell,” explained Coon. “I want to have investigators have their chance to take a look at the scene, and review the preliminary information.”
Allen Street from Tiffany Avenue to Buffalo Street is expected to remain closed as emergency demolition takes place to help fully extinguish flames.
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