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Snyder Firefighters Control Fire at “Colliers Mansion” Home

AMHERST – Despite” Colliers Mansion” conditions, Snyder Firefighters were able to advance a Sunday afternoon fire quickly, preventing it from consuming the entire second floor of 64 Lafayette Boulevard.

Snyder Fire Chief Tom Merrill tells Erie County Fire Blotter heavy smoke was billowing out of the home when firefighters arrived. Snyder 9-1 tied to make entry into the building, but discovered that all of the entrances were block by debris.

Instead of making entry into the home through the front, crews had to make entry through the rear. There was still debris blocking the rear entryway, but crews were able to force their way past and made entry.

“We knew the fire was on the second floor in one of the bedrooms and they made their way past all the debris very aggressively and quickly knocked the fire down.” Merrill said.

The fire extended partially into the attic, but crews were able to contain the bulk of the fire to the room of origin.

The resident of the home was showering at the time of the blaze. When he exited the shower, he smelled the smoke, located the fire and call for help. He was able to self-evacuate before firefighters arrived.

We’re told the fire departments had a great response time to the scene. “Everything got out right away” Merrill said. “I can’t say enough about my crews and the cooperation from the town departments that helped us out.”

The cause of the fire appears to be electrical in nature. Damage from the fire is estimated at $150,000.

One Snyder Firefighter suffered a minor finger laceration. He was treated at the scene and remained on duty.

Snyder Firefighters were assisted by Main-Transit’s FAST Team. Eggertsville Hose filled in at Snyder’s Hall.

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