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Parkhaven Drive home damaged in Amherst fire Monday afternoon

A house fire on Parkhaven Drive in the Town of Amherst caused $150,000 damage Monday afternoon.

According to Amherst Fire Control, a passer-by called 911 after seeing the back of the home located at 167 Parkhaven Drive on fire. The caller stayed on the line with fire dispatchers while another passer-by alerted the lone occupant of the home.

Firefighters from the Ellicott Creek Fire Co. were on the scene within four minutes, fire officials said. Firefighters confirmed that the occupant was out of the home, and worked to bring the fire under control.

Within half an hour of arrival, the fire was brought under control, officials said. Fire crews, however, stayed on the scene performing overhaul and salvage work.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $100,000, while damage to the contents of the home was estimated at $50,000.

Joining Ellicott Creek at the scene were fire crews from North Bailey, Getzville and Brighton.

The fire is under investigation by the Amherst Police and the Amherst Fire Inspectors Office.