Video, photos and story by JOHN ANDERSON
A family home at 4372 Niles Hill Road was completely destroyed by a fire Wednesday night in Wellsville.
There did not appear to be any injuries to the family or the firefighters at the scene, but fire officials said they believe animals did not get out in time.
Firefighters were toned out just after 9 p.m. and the home was completely engulfed with flames. The first trucks on the scene hit the house with water and knocked half of it down, but it was still raging with intensity.
Tankers from Wellsville, Scio, Willing, Alfred Station and others constantly shuttled in and out from the scene with water.
Weather was not a big factor. The temperature was 30 without much of a wind. The roads were plowed and cleared, good enough for trucks to go around each other to get to the scene. An ambulance was at the scene as well.
A cause has not been determined as firefighters were knocking down hot spots through midnight.
The community is working on a GoFundMe page to help the family. We will provide links and other resources to help the family with things they need and assistance.
Some of the volunteer firefighters at the scene were dispatched to Buffalo three days ago to provide mutual aid to fire departments in Erie County. Some shifts were 12 hours, others much longer.
The mutual aid turned to responding to calls for fires, flooding, medical emergencies and more. A search and recovery effort was taking place the last two days and the death toll was rising.
A WIVB Ch. 4 video showed the Wellsville 3 truck responding to a 911 call with the Getzville firefighters as an ambulance could only make it 1/4 mile to the home where help was needed. Using a sled from neighbors, neighbors were able to get the patient to the firefighters from Wellsville and Getzville.
A short video from the scene and a photo gallery:
Link to the live video HERE