‘A Stubborn Fire’

BUSTI – A two-alarm fire has left one residence with significant damage and its occupant likely out in the cold.

The Busti Fire Department was alerted just after 11 p.m. Tuesday of a report of a structure fire at 4337 Lawson Road. The owner, Mary R. Billbury, returned to find her residence in flames.

Upon arrival firefighters found a working structure fire with heavy smoke showing.

According to Mike Volpe, Busti fire chief, the blaze likely started in the bedroom, although the cause of the fire was still under investigation by the Chautauqua County fire investigation team.

“It was definitely a stubborn fire,” Volpe said, noting it took almost two hours to get the blaze under control. “There was a plywood ceiling and sub-ceiling, and the fire got into a space within the attic.”

Volpe said a dog owned by Billbury made it out of the residence, but it’s believed three cats may have perished in the fire. Billbury currently is being assisted by the Red Cross.

Busti firefighters were assisted by Lakewood, Celoron, Kiantone, Panama, Sugar Grove and Youngsville fire departments. “We definitely appreciate the help we received,” Volpe said. “It’s important that we recognize the assistance we got.”

Busti firemen were on location until almost 5 a.m. Wednesday.