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Neighbor credited with alerting authorities to Royalton barn fire

ROYALTON – A neighbor’s quick actions are credited with saving all but one chicken in a barn fire Saturday afternoon, Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said.

The neighbor called 911 after noticing the fire shortly before 2 p.m. at 8708 Dewhirst Road, then contacted the barn owner, who was able to save most of the chickens from a burning coop. By then, the attached barn also caught fire, and crews from the Wolcottsville and Rapids fire companies were summoned to douse the flames.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No damage estimate was available.