Several departments respond to blaze
Firefighters from numerous departments were summoned Friday to a structure fire reported at about 10:45 a.m. in the town of Chautauqua.
Crews from Hartfield and Dewittville were first alerted to a possible blaze at 6060 Centralia Hartfield Road, east of the Hartfield area. About a half-hour after firefighters arrived, flames could be seen coming from the structure.
“Through investigation, it was determined that the fire was caused by a propane leak within the residence igniting as a result of coming into proximity with a water heater burner,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Volunteers from Brocton, Chautauqua, Portland, Stockton, Cassadaga, Sherman, Bemus Point, Mayville and Ellery Center, along with Chautauqua County Emergency Services, responded Friday. No injuries were reported; however, the Sheriff’s Office said several family pets did not survive.