Red Cross Assists Fire Victims

The American Red Cross is assisting two families displaced by an early morning fire last week in the city.

Fire investigators, meanwhile, have not released the cause of the blaze – which occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Friday at 151 Prather Ave. Firefighters arrived on scene to heavy smoke pouring from an attic vent.

All occupants were reportedly out of the two-story apartment complex when first responders arrived. No injuries were reported, and the complex sustained significant damage.

According to a Jamestown Fire Department spokesman on Monday, investigators are still talking to tenants to determine a cause. Matt Russo, Jamestown battalion chief, told reporters Friday the fire began in the first floor apartment near a gas heater.

An initial report from fire investigators, though, did not state whether the heater sparked the blaze.

Tina Jones, emergency services manager with the Southwestern New York American Red Cross, said volunteers with the Disaster Action Team assisted tenants in the two apartments.

“We did help a few people after the fire,” she said. “Our volunteers got right out there as we normally do after these kinds of fires.”