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Early morning fire destroys Earley Street house in Wellsville


Wellsville fire crews report no injuries to residents or pets

By Andrew Harris and Michael T. Baldwin

Sunday as crews battled a major house fire at 175 Early Street in the Village of Wellsville. Responders reported that a roof collapsed on several firefighters. Thankfully, after some tense moments, it was determined that there were no serious injuries. Listen to first responder audio:

The situation unfolded just before 2 a.m. when Allegany County 911 dispatched Wellsville and several other agencies to a house fire on Early Street. Wellsville Police arrived first and reported a “working structure fire” with flames showing. From there, sirens constantly screamed into the area. There was an aggressive attack by firefighters on the flames. By 6:00 a.m., most volunteers were clearing the scene. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

The following agencies either were at the scene or were given standby assignments: Wellsville fire, Willing, Whitesville, Genesee, PA, Andover, FAST Team 4, Scio, Allentown, Bolivar, Village Electric and EMS from Wellsville, Medical Transport, Independence, Amity Rescue and Genesee, PA.

I’ve lived in this house, my son learned to walk on the floors that date back to Wellsville’s early days. Construction of the home dates to about 1850, built by Mr. Earley himself.

Our family bought this house after a fire partially destroyed our home and lived in the house for about a year. After selling the property, it was nice to see a young family make the house a home.

Today I must report that the house was destroyed in a fire early this morning, fire fighters on the scene report a total structural loss.

The important things in the house, the people, the little kids, the dogs, are all reported safe and unharmed.

Great work Wellsville Fire Department, I’m sorry to the family who no longer have a home.

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