Massive Ripley Fire Destroys Barn, House

RIPLEY – A massive blaze that brought in a half-dozen fire departments destroyed a barn and house Wednesday morning in Ripley.

Firefighters were alerted at 5:15 a.m. for a barn fire at 10244 Route 20. Upon arrival, Ripley first responders found the barn and adjacent house fully engulfed in flames.

Ripley was assisted by South Ripley, Sherman and Westfield fire departments in New York, and the Fuller Hose Co. and Crescent Hose Co. in North East, Pa.

“When we arrived the barn was already up in flames,” Ripley first assistant fire Chief Brian Chess told The Post-Journal at the scene. “We tried to work fast and save the house next door but it was already burning.”

The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded to the Route 20 fires and was searching the house.

Investigator Scott Cummings said no cause has been determined, and none was likely Wednesday. In addition to the barn and house, two vehicles also were completely destroyed.

A neighboring house on the opposite side of the barn also sustained minor damage to its siding, fire officials said.

Route 20 was closed to traffic for almost three hours as firefighters fought the dual blazes. The road is now open.