IRVING - Around 10 area fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire on Erie Street in Irving late Tuesday morning.
According to Second Assistant Chief Christopher Manning of the Irving Fire Department, firefighters arrived on the scene at 12836 Erie St. around 11:30 a.m.
"We received a report of a fire and there was heavy smoke showing," Manning said. "There were people home, but everybody got out safely. The Red Cross is currently assisting them."
According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, two members of the Antecki family were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape the flames. A few dogs also managed to get out of the house safely.
During the fire fight, the second story of the home buckled and caved in on itself. A ladder truck was utilized to attack the flames from above. A portable water tanker stood at the ready while crews battled the fire.
Volunteers Mary Walker and Georgiann Leone of the Southwestern NY American Red Cross Disaster Team responded to provide initial disaster relief for the family of five, including temporary housing, clothing and meals.
OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox
Fire crews battle a structure fire at 12836 Erie St. in Irving on Tuesday. A ladder truck from the city of Dunkirk is being utilized to attack the flames from above.
Manning said fire investigators were looking into the cause of the blaze. An investigation by the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team showed that a faulty wood stove pipe ignited combustibles in a crawl space and spread to the rest of the house.
Firefighters left the scene about four hours after arriving. No injuries were reported.
"No problems occurred during the fire fight; it was just really icy," Manning said, adding he believes the house was a total loss.
Fire companies assisting Irving included Silver Creek, Sunset Bay, Hanover Center, Sheridan, Forestville, East Town of Dunkirk, City of Dunkirk, Fredonia and Lake Erie Beach, as well as the Chautauqua County Fire Service. Manning wished to thank all the mutual aid companies that assisted.
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