BROCTON - A four-alarm house fire has displaced a Brocton woman and her three children.
Called out at 5:51 p.m. on Wednesday, flames were reported by neighbors and passersby at 81 Lake Avenue in the Village of Brocton.
Coincidentally, the site of the structure fire sits directly across the street from Brocton's Fire Department, where a handful of drivers traveling up and down Lake Avenue at the time went to report the flames.
Brocton House Fire
According to 2nd Battalion Fire Coordinator for Chautauqua County Rick Cole, the family was not home at the time of the alarm, and the bottom floor was involved at the time of first response.
Volunteer firefighters from Brocton, Portland, Fredonia and Stockton responded to the blaze, and were also assisted by Chautauqua's heavy rescue truck.
The county's fire investigation team will be looking, into a possible cause as early as today, according to Cole, and may be focusing on the first floor of the residence, based on information contained in the initial reports of the fire.
OBSERVER?Photo by Matt Panebianco
Brocton firefighters battle a four-alarm blaze on Lake Avenue Wednesday night.
Fredonia's Ladder 18 came into assistance as the fire had to be contained between the second floor ceiling and the attic due to the specific construction of the single-family dwelling, according to Cole.
Cole thanked all who responded promptly to extinguish the house and added that Red Cross has been contacted to provide emergency assistance to the displaced mother, Faith Jesionowski-Powell, and her three children ages 12, 10 and 5. He advises anyone wishing to assist the family to contact their local Red Cross chapter.