Flames have heavily-damaged the former two-story shoe store that was part of the former Arcade Building on North Main Street in Jamestown.
However crews were able to prevent serious damage to the main structure next to the railroad tracks in the heart of the city. Jamestown fire crews were called to the scene between First Street and Brooklyn Square about 4:18 PM Wednesday.
Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey says first-arriving crews at the scene found heavy smoke coming from the buillding. He says they found heavy fire on the southeast corner of the building, and they extended hand lines and Falconer's aerial truck was called in because Jamestown's was out for repairs. Harvey says it took about 30 to 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
He says no one was hurt and, no one was inside the structure. Harvey adds that a machine shop behind the structure was not involved in the blaze.
Harvey says they called in an additional 10 firefighters and a shift commander along with Falconer and Kiantone crews. The cause is under investigation.
The Jamestown High School Class of 2017 will make history tonight when their hold their commencement exercises in the new Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution.
Some 311 members of the graduating class will accept diplomas during the ceremony which begins at 7 PM. This year it's being held on a Thursday as opposed to Friday as the institution continues preparations for their first event Saturday night.
Class Advisor Tony Dolce says the students are excited, and have been on "pins and needles" in anticipation of being part of the opening for the new Amp. Dolce says each class has it's own charactoristics and, are about equally diverse.
He says he tries to meet and get to know each class member he says he has had many in his Government class or as a coach. JHS Class of 1982 member Chris Olsen who is a producer and attorney in Los Angeles will be the Commencement Speaker.
Principal Mike McElrath says Olsen is a "proud and highly successful JHS alum and I'm certain his message will be well-received by students and audience members alike."
The more than 300 Jamestown High School Graduates are set for their commencement and, will hear from a number of speakers during tonight's graduation.
Among them will be Class President, Bradley Brown. Brown says he and fellow class members are "excited" about being the first event ever at the new Amphitheater adding that it will be a special occasion for them.
Brown will be joined on the stage by other students including Class Valedictorian Kelly Emerson who will be attending Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, where she plans to go into pre-med.
Salutatorian Madison Card plans to attend the University of New Haven, and major in Forensic Science. As for Brown he plans to attend the SUNY College at Fredonia where he'll be in pre-med.
A one-time candidate for governor of New York who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife may be booted off the Buffalo School Board.
A hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday in Albany over whether wealthy developer Carl Paladino disclosed confidential board business. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is set to hear testimony on a petition filed by other school board members seeking Paladino's removal.
They say Paladino publicly disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.
The search continues for a missing Westfield man who hasn’t been seen since June 12th.
Westfield Police are asking the public for it's help in finding 31-year-old Patrick Thompson of Clark Street. He was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute, with a missing person report being filed the following day.
Police believe Patrick may be distraught and may want to do harm to himself. There have been some searches for him including one that was held last night near the Chautauqua Gorge. However Westfield Police say there haven't been any signs of his whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call them at 326-3375.
While he generally has a good relationship with the media local Congressman Tom Reed is very outspoken about comments made by a national news anchor following last week's shooting that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others.
Scott Pelley of CBS News said following the shooting, "It's time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted."
Reed called Pelley's comments "despicable" and "lacking in basic human decency." During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media Tuesday afternoon, Reed stated that Pelley doesn't deserve to be working in a newsroom any longer because of a "reckless attitude towards human life." Pelley officially ended his tenure as CBS Evening News anchor last Friday.