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Everyone safe and sound after a fire on a windy night

October 26, 2011
WESTFIELD — Second story curtains and police tape flapped freely in the breeze at 17 West Pearl Street in Westfield only a few days after the house caught fire.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, and three fire companies responded to the call. It took Portland, Ripley and Westfield firefighters to put out the flames, spraying the house from all sides. Even with the windy conditions, the house was not consumed and none of the surrounding houses suffered any damage thanks to the hard work and fast response of the fire departments.

The house belongs to an elderly lady who lives alone, but was able to make it out of the house uninjured and call 911. There was no loss of life due to the blaze — humans or pets — and no one was injured.

The house, directly across the street from the railroad tracks, was deemed unlivable by the Westfield Village Board on Monday, Oct. 17 and will probably be condemned.

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers David Brown and Sue Shearer of Westfield from the Chautauqua County District of the Southwestern New York Chapter were dispatched to provide disaster relief assistance to meet the emergency needs of the homeowner.

Temporary housing, clothing and meals were items provided to ensure the emergency needs of the homeowner. The Red Cross will continue to assist the homeowner with additional services and referrals, if needed.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is an outright gift. It is only made possible through the generous contributions of the American people and the residents of Chautauqua County. The United Ways of Chautauqua County provide financial support to the Chapter’s local disaster relief program.

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Photo by Jenna Loughlin
A fire Saturday night at 17 West Pearl Street in Westfield was quickly put out by firefighters from three local departments and no fatalities or injuries were reported, other than the house itself.



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