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FIRE DESTROYS OLD CHURCH IN ALLEGANY COUNTY HAMLET

LITTLE GENESEE -- Investigators remained at the scene of a fire Wednesday afternoon that destroyed a 164-year-old church earlier in the day.

Allegany County fire control sent Bolivar and Richburg volunteers at 3:31 a.m. to Seventh Day Baptist Church on Route 417 in the hamlet.

Bolivar called mutual-aid tankers and pumpers to the scene from departments in Shinglehouse, Pa., Portville, Clarksville, Allentown, Friendship and Petrolia, with standby apparatus called in to serve nearby stations from Friendship, Alma, Willing and Wellsville.

Fire service investigators and members of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called in with the firefighters before dawn and were still sorting through rubble late in the day.

Troopers said the fire remains under investigation.

Little Genesee is a hamlet about four miles west of Bolivar.

Man on Wanted List
is taken into custody

MAYVILLE -- A Fredonia man featured on this week's Chautauqua County Wanted List was arrested Wednesday.

Sheriff's officers said Clifford H. Cobb Jr., 56, of East Main Road, was taken into custody on a Family Court support warrant. Cobb was arraigned in Village Court and released on his own recognizance pending a future court appearance.

Jamestown fire damages
a vacant two-story home

JAMESTOWN -- A fire that broke out shortly before noon Wednesday caused moderate damage to a vacant two-story home on Washington Street.

City Fire Chief Samuel Arcadipane said the house, owned by Charlene Jones, has been vacant for more than a year. The battalion chief was making rounds when he discovered the fire and sounded the alarm, the chief added.

Arcadipane noted that at the time, the department was short-staffed and was dealing with other calls.

"I was short on manpower," he said. "On the initial response, we had two separate incidents going on simultaneously."

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