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Fire destroys Lewiston home

LEWISTON – Flames that destroyed a single-family home on Upper Mountain Road kept firefighters busy until just before dawn Friday.

The fire at 2465 Upper Mountain Road was reported shortly after midnight, according to police and fire officials. The structure was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived moments later, said Kevin Beutel, chief of the Pekin Volunteer Fire Co.

“It could be seen for a long distance,” Beutel said, describing the inferno.

The house wasn’t occupied; the homeowner was staying with relatives at the time, Beutel noted.

The structure had two stories in some areas and just one in others. There was a lot of structural collapse, Beutel said.

The house, with attached garage, appears to be a total loss, Beutel said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Niagara County’s Cause and Origin Team, as well as the Town of Lewiston Building Department.

Volunteer firefighters from Sanborn and Lewiston #2 also responded to the alarm. No injuries were reported.

Beutel said Pekin firefighters remained on the scene until about 6:30 a.m., then had to return to douse a “hot spot.”