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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Those living along a stretch of Fairmount Avenue are expressing frustrations with prolonged property neglect, which one neighbors believes likely led to a weekend residential fire.
The Jamestown Fire Department responded to 343 Fairmount Avenue just after 1 a.m. on Saturday for a reported structure fire at a condemned residence.
Neighbors woke up to heavy flames and smoke, which since caused heavy damage to the already deteriorating structure.
While a cause had yet to be determined, the Jamestown Fire Department says the fire likely originated on the first floor in the center of the home. No utilities were hooked up at the time and no was located in or around the structure.
Dillon Lampman lives adjacent to the fire scene and tells us the burdensome property was home to vagrants and others passing through.
“I’ve seen people going through the garage on the other side of the house, I’ve had one guy try to break-into this door, I’ve shooed them all out,” explained Lampman. “Basically, it’s an ongoing nuisance.”
Going forward, Lampman hopes property owners will do a better job keeping up with repairs, if not, he says the city should step in and demolish condemned buildings.
Anyone who spots suspicious activity around condemned homes, fire officials say, should call and report the discovery to Jamestown Police.
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