(WNY News Now) – A fire broke out at the Colony Motel in West Ellicott, leading to the closure of a section of Fairmount Ave and displacing residents. Firefighters are currently working to contain the blaze, with the cause under investigation.
West Ellicott – Early this morning, at approximately 5:30 am on October 24, 2023, Celoron firefighters were dispatched to the Colony Motel located at 620 Fairmount Ave in the town of West Ellicott. The fire has resulted in the closure of Fairmount Ave from Warwick Road to Elmwood Ave in the town of Ellicott, and the road is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day, as confirmed by Chief Jamison Justham.
Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters were met with a substantial amount of smoke and flames emanating from the rear of the motel. The fire rapidly spread to the second floor, and flames quickly extended to the first floor of the building. There were initial challenges with the water capacity, but these issues have since been resolved. Chief Justham noted that the operation is putting significant strain on the water system due to the large volume of water being used.
As a result of the fire, 15 residents of the Colony Motel have been displaced. They are currently being provided assistance and referred to The Red Cross and The Salvation Army for support.
Two minor injuries were reported, affecting two residents of the motel. Both individuals were transported to UPMC Chautauqua for evaluation. Additionally, one firefighter was also taken to the hospital for assessment.
Upon arrival at the scene, there was a reported case of entrapment. However, the individual was able to escape without injury and did not require rescue.
Multiple fire departments, including Celoron, Lakewood, Busti, Jamestown, and others, are actively engaged in fire suppression efforts to control the blaze. A partial collapse of the building was reported, which has complicated efforts by blocking access to some hot spots. This may result in an emergency demolition of the building. Firefighters are collaborating with town officials, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, and fire investigation teams to determine the origin and cause of the fire.
The situation is ongoing, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.