Crews battle massive fire in Falconer

Posted at 9:12 AM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 18:17:03-04

Fire crews are still on the scene of a massive fire in Falconer, New York.

The fire took place on West Main Street and started just before 8 a.m.  Village Mayor James Rensel said the fire spread to 4 buildings in the main business district.  Those buildings included small shops and some apartments in the upper levels.

All occupants were able to get out safely.

Rt. 394 is closed in both directions between Phetteplace Street and Work Street while crews deal with the fall-potential of the burnt structures.

3 p.m. UPDATE:

The fire is under control but a portion of West Main Street will remain closed tonight, and possibly for several days, because of the collapse hazard the burnt buildings now pose.

Falconer Schools have been advised of the closure so buses can be re-routed on Thursday.

Spectators are being asked to stay away from the scene because they could cause a traffic problem for crews still working.

The fire spread to four buildings that housed multiple businesses on the first level and apartments on some upper levels.

No major injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Unit.

The American Red Cross was on scene and providing assistance to 20 people from 9 families who were left homeless.  A Red Cross representative said that number could change.

Even business not directly impacted by the fire are being affected because power has been cut to the area while fire crews continue to keep watch.

6 p.m UPDATE:

West Main Street remains closed.

All people who were displaced by the fire have found shelter thanks to the American Red Cross and Cassco Property Management in Falconer.


(Viewer video above courtesy Steve Trapani)

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