Salamanca house fire results in total loss, one minor injury

A Salamanca house fire Tuesday morning resulted in the total loss of 119 Academy St. and one occupant receiving minor injuries.

SALAMANCA — A fire Tuesday morning resulted in the total loss of an Academy Street residence and one occupant receiving minor injuries.

Salamanca Fire Department responded at 7:40 a.m. to a fire at 119 Academy St., Fire Chief Nick Bocharski reported.

Upon arrival, firefighters were met with heavy fire coming from both floors of the two-story apartment building. Bocharski said firefighters quickly controlled the flames within 30 minutes.

Seneca Emergency Medical Services transported one occupant with non-life threatening injuries, Bocharski said.

“Occupants evacuated the building before the fire department’s arrival,” he added.

According to Bocharski, the building’s owners are Thomas Abrams, Andrew Odell and Edward Odell.

The building was considered a total loss, Bocharski said. Some occupants were able to salvage belongings from rooms that received smoke but no fire damage.

Loss of contents is approximately $30,000, he added.

Cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Salamanca Fire Department investigators are being assisted by the Salamanca Police and Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

Assisting Salamanca Fire Department on the scene were Kill Buck Fire Department, Salamanca Police Department and Seneca EMS.

The Great Valley and Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory volunteer firefighters were on standby at their firehouses. Bradford Fire Department provided a Rapid Intervention Team in case firefighters became trapped.