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Ripley home, 3 vehicles destroyed in morning blaze

Firefighters are pictured Friday morning on Ross Street. Photo by Full Hose Co. No. 1.

RIPLEY — A home and three vehicles were destroyed, and another property was damaged, in a fire that broke out Friday morning in the town of Ripley.

Firefighters from several departments, including Ripley, South Ripley, Westfield and Sherman as well as North East in Pennsylvania, responded to 14 Ross St. for the blaze first reported around 5:30 a.m. Crews remained on scene for several hours, both battling the fire and overhauling afterward.

The Ross Street home was destroyed in the fire and required demolition due to safety concerns, said Capt. Rich Telford of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Three vehicles — two pickup trucks and a passenger vehicle — were totaled in the blaze as well.

The fire also spread to a neighboring home at 16 Ross St., causing significant exterior damage.

Telford said an investigation was continuing, noting that county fire investigators were looking to collect area video and photographs before releasing a determination. “At this time, we do not believe the fire to be suspicious,” he added.

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