Fast Acting

BROCTON – Three residents were able to escape without injury as a fire caused damage to a Highland Avenue residence Sunday.

Several departments responded around 5:30 p.m., to the two-family residence at 35 Highland Ave. According to Brocton Fire Chief Jim Rizzo, the fire was contained to an upper apartment.

“Upon arrival, there was heavy smoke on the second floor,” said Rizzo. “Through a quick response from surrounding departments and a quick interior attack, the fire was under control within about a half-hour of arrival.”

Fire departments from Westfield, Portland, Stockton and East Dunkirk, in addition to the FAST Team responded to assist the Brocton Fire Department. The house, which is not a total loss, did sustain water damage, according to Rizzo. He was “really pleased” with the response time for mutual aid from the surrounding departments.

“I just can’t stress the quick response from our own Brocton department and the surrounding departments to put a quick interior attack on the (fire) and knock it down. It definitely contained the fire to an upper apartment,” said Rizzo. “I’m really pleased we were able to have a good response and contain it.”

The cause is still under investigation by the Chautauqua County Fire Investigators. Firefighters were on scene for about 3 1/2 hours. The American Red Cross is assisting the families who have been displaced by the damage. No other injuries were reported.