County and local agencies continue to look into the cause of the fire that destroyed a Market Street home Monday afternoon and evening, Wyoming County Fire / EMS Coordinator Bill Streicher said Tuesday.
Streicher said the investigation by county Emergency Management, the county Sheriff’s Office, Attica Police Department and Attica Fire Department is still active. He said no preliminary determination has been made on the cause of the fire at 44 Market St. that started on the porch on the side of the house, toward the back.
“We have more interviews to do and some more work to do. It’s time-consuming,” Streicher said of the investigation into the fire.
John Lavarnway Sr. and John Lavarnway Jr., the two people who lived there, are receiving Red Cross assistance as they look for a new place to live, Streicher said.
“Red Cross is helping them with their immediate, essential needs. The Red Cross is very short-term,” he said.
John Lavarnway Jr. had been taken to United Memorial Medical Center Monday as a precaution. Streicher on Tuesday said he hadn’t received an update on whether Lavarnway Jr. had been released.
Most units were on scene for about six hours, Streicher said. Firefighters from Attica, Bennington, Cowlesville, Alexander, the town of Batavia, Alden, Wyoming Correctional, Wyoming and Darien responded to the scene. Varysburg, Harris Corners, Strykersville, North Java, Warsaw and Pembroke firefighters were on standby.
National Grid and the New York State Police also assisted at the scene.