JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A massive fire at a former Jamestown factory was declared officially extinguished on Friday, as an investigation into what sparked flames continues.
Crews from across Chautauqua County were first 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.
After around two and a half days, the fire was declared extinguished on Friday around 5:30 p.m.
This weekend, officials say the city’s fire investigation team continues to gather evidence and the fire’s cause is not yet determined.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says he is overwhelmed and thankful for the area’s support.
“I would like to thank the Jamestown Fire Department, Falconer Fire Department, Celeron Fire Department, Frewsburg Fire Department, Kiantone Fire Department, Kennedy Fire Department, Busti Fire Department, Gerry Fire Department, Fluvanna Fire Department, Sinclairville Fire Department, Ellington Fire Department, Ashville Fire Department, Panama Fire Department, Randolph Fire Department, Chautauqua County EMS, the Jamestown Police Department the Jamestown Department of Development, NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Chautauqua County HazMat Team, the Jamestown BPU, National Fuel, Alstar Ambulance, the Salvation Army, NYS DEC, NYS DHSES, and the EPA for their heroic work in containing the fire, guiding individuals to safety, and providing critical support to the City,” said Mayor Sundquist in a statement Saturday. “I would like to personally thank Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel for being at the scene of the fire. As we continue clean-up efforts, I am humbled by the support of our community and neighbors, with help coming from the local, state, and federal levels.”