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JAMESTOWN -- One Jamestown firefighter was treated for minor injuries, but no one else was hurt following a massive fire at the former Chadakoin Bar at 707 W. Eighth St.

Jamestown Fire Capt. Chet Harvey said that crews first got the call around 1:24 a.m. Friday. Witnesses called the downtown Jamestown fire station and told firefighters that heavy smoke was pouring out of the back of the building.

Harvey said damage was extensive in the multilevel structure. The ceiling had caved in, and there was extensive water and smoke damage throughout. The building will most likely be declared a total loss, he said.

Eighth Street from Fairmount Avenue to Monroe Street was closed for over five hours as work continued to bring the fire under control. The last crews left the scene around 9 a.m.

The exact cause of the fire was still being determined, and the building was empty.

One firefighter had to be taken to WCA Hospital, where he was treated for a wrenched back.

Several cats die in apartment fire

LAKEWOOD -- Residents escaped safely but several cats were killed after the apartment they lived in caught fire in the village of Lakewood Friday morning. The blaze broke out around 9:36 a.m., and quickly spread to several parts of the apartment complex at 400 W. Summit Ave.

Public information officer Pete Dawson said that police and firefighters were quickly called to the blaze. Lakewood-Busti police arrived first with flames showing from several windows.

Officers worked quickly to let everyone inside know that the house was burning, banging on doors and hammering on walls to sound the alarm. Dawson said that all the human residents inside got out safely, but several cats who lived in an upstairs apartment were apparently killed in the flames.

"The people were out, but the remaining victims were several cats. They may have escaped, or they may have run back inside. I know that at one point they administered first aid and oxygen to one of the cats effectively," he said.

That lucky feline was then taken to a local veterinarian for further care. The name of the building's owner could not be immediately determined, but at least 5 people were left homeless. The American Red Cross was on the scene, helping out.

Dawson says that the cause of the blaze has not been determined.

Crews from Ashville, Busti and Celeron helped out Lakewood volunteers battle the blaze.

Play depicts Warsaw's anti-slavery role

WARSAW -- The play "The Woman in the Box" will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Sunday in United Church of Warsaw, 22 S. Main St.

Tickets can be obtained by calling the box office at (585) 786-8646. The Warsaw Historical Society received a community arts grant to commission Harvey Granite, professor of English at the University of Rochester and a Warsaw resident, to write the play.

Arts Council officials said funds also are being used in the production of the play, one of several events designed to educate the public about Warsaw's involvement in the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad, and to celebrate Warsaw's bicentennial.

Organizers said the play tells the story of a pregnant fugitive slave who reached Warsaw after a 22-day trip in the back of a wagon with her 7-year-old daughter, and died soon afterward. Citizens of Warsaw, in defiance of the Fugitive Slave Law, sheltered and cared for the woman's children.

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