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Controlled burn in Irving brings out fire department response

A planned, controlled-burn of an abandoned, dilapidated and fallen-down home in Irving brought out local fire crews after a passerby saw the smoke and flames and reported it as a structure fire.

The Irving Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene on Buffalo Road on the Seneca Nation of Indians' Cattaraugus Territory, but quickly learned that Seneca authorities were aware of the fire and its origins, although they had not been alerted in advance.

Kory Irish, first assistant chief of the Irving crew, and Seneca Nation Fire Chief Presley Redeye said the fire had been started by the homeowner to burn down the remains of the house and get rid of debris. Firefighters determined there was no threat to life or property.

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