Firefighters from all parts of Chautauqua County were kept busy Wednesday battling three separate fires.
A house fire in the Hanover left a family of four homeless. Silver Creek firefighters were called to the Timothy Galupski home at 12063 Forestville Road just before 7:30 a.m.
Crews found flames shooting through the roof and called in mutual aid from Forestville, Sheridan, Hanover Center, Irving and Fredonia. Firefighters needed more than 30 minutes to douse the fire and the house was listed as a total loss. The cause remains under investigation.
There were no injuries. Galupski, his wife and their two children were getting help from neighbors and the Red Cross.
Several fire companies from Chautauqua County helped their counterparts in Warren County, Pa., to douse a huge blaze that heavily damaged a large dairy barn in Lander and killed about 10 cows.
Lander Fire Chief Jerry Jesperson said his department got the first call to the Ellsworth and Bruce Lindell farm on Route 957 just after 11 p.m. Tuesday. Jesperson said an older section of the two-story barn was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.
"There were about 160 dairy cows inside at the time. Due to the efforts of all the local farmers, about 150 of them were saved," he said.
There were no other injuries. The cause is under investigation.
Firefighters from Pennsylvania as well as Busti, Kiantone, Lakewood and Celoron, were on the scene until nearly 5 a.m.
In Ripley, what started as a grass fire spread to a garage at the Rednock home on Route 5 about 11:15 a.m. Gusty winds are blamed for the rapid movement of the fire.
Assistant Fire Chief Dan Babcock said the garage was on fire when crews arrived, but firefighters quickly controlled the blaze and saved most of the building.
Westfield and Portland firefighters helped to douse that blaze.