South Dayton Home Destroyed By Fire

SOUTH DAYTON – For the second time in the past week a Pine Valley family has been left homeless following a fire.

Volunteer firefighters from eight local communities battled flames Tuesday afternoon at 245 Mill St. in South Dayton.

Following the initial call at 1:14 p.m., firefighters from South Dayton, Cherry Creek, Forestville, Leon, Conewango, Perrysburg, Gowanda and Dayton responded to the initial report of a structure fire at the residence owned by Quentin and Jessica Olmstead, who were in Cleveland for the day. Their son, Conner, who had stayed home from school, was the only resident in the structure at the time.

“I was in my room, when all of a sudden smoke began to pour in from the attic area of the house,” he said, as he watched with his grandparents, Kathy and Randy Colburn, as smoke billowed from the home and flames were visible.

Conner’s sisters: Jazmin, 11, and Olivia, 8, students at Pine Valley Central School, were in classes at the time.

According to Ed Wilke, Cattaraugus District 1 fire coordinator, “The home suffered extensive damage, but is still standing at this time.”

The Olmstead family suffered an electrical fire at this same residence two years ago, January 2012. “We had just finished working on and restoring this house, and now this,” Conner said. “The roof was new.”

And, as is often the case in small, rural communities, the Olmstead family had reached out to the Cherry Creek family whose home was destroyed by fire, just a week ago.