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Busy Sunday Morning for the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department

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Fire damaged a Wellsville home Sunday on East Dyke Street near the railroad underpass. The Grant Duke Hose Company posted this image of the scene.

According to the owners, the home received significant smoke and water damage, but there were no injuries reported. Family pets were also unhurt. No word on the cause. Captain of the Duke Hose Company, Joe Gray, had this to share with us today:

Crews at Work Near the Intersection of E. Dyke and Trapping Brook Rd.

“The Wellsville Fire Department responded to an E. Dyke Street address at approximately 6:20am this morning for a reported structure fire. Engine 1 and Ladder 9 responded immediately from another scene in the village following automatic fire alarm(at the David A. Howe Library). Engine 1 and Ladder 9 arrived on the scene in less than 5 minutes from the time of dispatch with a crew of five firefighters.”

Yes folks you heard that right, our volunteer firefighters were already on duty working a false alarm call at our precious library when this call came in. Two companies were able to turn around and respond in moments, surely saving the home from more damage or total loss.

Captain Joe Gray goes on to explain more about the save on East Dyke Street:

“An investigation was made for the source of the smoke in the structure by the crew members from Engine 1 and Ladder 9 shortly after arrival of the two units. A small appliance was found to be on fire in the basement with minimal extension to the structure itself. The fire was extinguished with less than 50 gallons of water from a preconnected hoseline from Wellsville Engine 1.”

Engine 1 and Ladder 9 were not the only companies involved as several stood by at the ready should the fire have escalated. Gray explains:

” Wellsville Engines 2 and 3 also responded, right behind the initial responding units, as well as mutual aid: Scio moved an engine into Wellsville, Andover Fire Department brought in an air truck, the Alfred Station Fire Department ‘Firefighter Assist and Search Team’ was on standby, along with the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp and the Village of Wellsville Police Department.”

It took Wellsville crews ten minutes to get the fire under control, mutual aid was cancelled and the entire scene was clear within two hours. Over thirty of Wellsville’s Volunteer firefighters and first responders were on the early morning scene. A round of applause for all involved and don’t forget to thank the first responder in your life!

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