Jamestown Fire Deemed Suspicious

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A Jamestown fire at the vacant former Westburgh Electric building has been ruled suspicious.

Crews were called to 16 Scott Street at 12:30 p.m. Thursday for reports of smoke coming from the area. 

Upon arrival, first responders discovered smoke and a small amount of flames coming from the second and third floors of the brick building. 

Crews were able to get the blaze under control in 10 minutes, and extinguished in 20.

The building was vacant for around 10 years with all utilities turned off. Making the crews suspicious of what caused the initial spark.

“There was no working utilities inside the building,“ explained Fire Chief Matt Coon. “The electric’s been disconnected for some time, and so has the water service. There’s no natural gas service to the building either. The building did have unsecured windows and doors.” 

There were no victims or injuries reported, as well as no structural damage to the former industrial building.


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