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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fires leaves several homeless in Wellsville

Several people were left homeless after fire jumped from one house to a second in Wellsville early Wednesday. Shortly before 1 a.m., Wellsville firefighters were called for a report of smoke in a home at 37 North Broad Street. When police arrived, they told 911 the fire had engulfed the rear on one house and had spread to a second house. Several people were rescued from the burning structures, including one man described as "elderly and oxygen dependent. With multiple homes burning, there was a significant emergency response to the village. Assisting Wellsville firefighters were Scio, Willing, Allentown, Andover air system, Alfred Station and Friendship with F.A.S.T interiors teams. Fire hoses stretched up both East State and Fassett Streets as firefighters worked the fires from both the north and south side. Wellsville sent its three ambulances and Amity Rescue also responded to the scene. At the height of the fire, winds were gusty. Several Allegany County Fire Investigators responded to the scene. The cause remains under review. Officials said several pets were also rescued. The Red Cross is providing assistance.