City firefighters battle a blaze on Pelican Street

OBSERVER photo Dunkirk firefighters battle a blaze on Pelican Street on Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported.

OBSERVER Staff Report

The walked-in report of smoke, which took place directly behind the city’s Eagle Street fire headquarters, came in before 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Upon arrival, Car 1 reported heavy smoke coming from the structure. Firefighters forced their way into the vacant structure to find heavy fire conditions on the first floor extending up an interior wall into the second floor. The fire was quickly extinguished but caused extensive damage to the structure.

Dunkirk fire investigators found that the cause of the fire was a heating unit that malfunctioned on the first floor.

No one was injured, but it could have been worse according to witnesses at the scene.

The home, which had been boarded up, was being used for storage. Some of the items inside of the location included old furniture, collectibles — and even worse — gas cans as well as lawnmowers.

Firefighters remained at the scene for approximately one and a half hours.