HANOVER - Firefighters from across northern Chautauqua and southern Erie counties joined the Hanover Center Fire department Sunday night to battle a difficult blaze.
Hanover Center Fire Chief Steve D'Angelo was the first on the scene at 12168 Alleghany Road around 11 p.m. Sunday.
"When I got there the whole front of the house had flames up to the eaves," he described.
He said the fire was fully involved upon arrival and was difficult to extinguish.
"It was a stubborn fire to put out," he said.
D'Angelo added that the fire was extremely hot and because the house was an old, two-story home there were wood beams that were caught up in the blaze.
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The fire at 12168 Alleghany Road was difficult to put out, according to firefighters. It is pictured after the blaze rekindled on Monday.
He said most of the mutual aid departments called were for tanker trucks bringing in water. In addition to Hanover Center, Irving, Sunset Bay, Silver Creek, Forestville, Sheridan, the city of Dunkirk, East Town of Dunkirk, West Town of Dunkirk, the Seneca Reservation and Brant responded.
He said after the fire was put out around 3 a.m., it flared up again.
"It rekindled twice," he reported.
D'Angelo said crews had to go back around 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday to put out the rekindled fire.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Fire Investigation Team was at the scene Monday but had not released a report on the cause of the fire.
The family was home at the time of the fire, but were not injured. D'Angelo said one firefighter was injured battling the fire and was taken to Lake Shore Hospital and later released.
The family of five was helped by the Southwestern NY American Red Cross Disaster Action Team and provided with temporary housing, clothing, food and emergency needs. The Red Cross's assistance is provided free to the victims through the generosity of public donations and support from United Way organizations.