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There were some tense moments for Fredonia firefighters Saturday as they searched for the owner of a burning home, but officials later learned the man was in Canada at the time.

Fire Chief Charles Frazita said his department was called to 4620 Barry Road about 5 a.m. A neighbor flagged him down and told the chief that there might have been someone in the house.

"I noticed the northwest wall was totally engulfed in flames, and one of the neighbors continued to tell me there was someone inside," he said. "I told the neighbor we would do the best we could, and we had to initiate search and rescue . . . and to please bear with us, and they did."

The second floor had collapsed. Frazita said his crews had the fire out within minutes of the first engine arriving. There were no injuries.

The owner, Joseph Joy, called family members about 7:30 a.m. to tell them he would be out of town for the day, and those relatives told him about the fire. An electrical problem is blamed for that blaze.

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