Newly Opened Falconer Business Damaged During Overnight Fire

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FALCONER, NY (WNY News Now) – A newly opened restaurant in the Village of Falconer suffered damage during an overnight fire.

Just before midnight Tuesday the Falconer Fire Department, along with nearby crews for mutual aid, were dispatched to the ‘Maple Tree Cafe and Ice Cream’ at 1993 East Main Street.

When first responders arrived on scene, they found the restaurant’s interior full of smoke.

Once the fire was knocked down, Chautauqua County fire investigators were called to the scene to determine its cause. There were no injuries reported.

The spontaneous combustion of towels, exposed to cooking oil prior to being laundered and left piled in a plastic laundry basket, was deemed to be the fire’s ignition.

On Tuesday morning, a contractor was working inside the restaurant reviewing the extent of damage.

The ‘Maple Tree Cafe and Ice Cream’ opened in January after renovating the old ‘Big Don’s Ice Cream,’ which previously sat vacant.


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