Weekly Feature



2011-09-14 / Front Page

Resident escapes blaze

$200,000 house fire on Troy Del Way
by DAVID F. SHERMAN Managing Editor


Williamsville firefighters responded just after 5:30 Monday morning for a report of a fire in an attached garage at 10 Troy Del Way. They found flames extending into the house and called in mutual aid from Main-Transit and Snyder. 
Photo by David F. ShermanPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville firefighters responded just after 5:30 Monday morning for a report of a fire in an attached garage at 10 Troy Del Way. They found flames extending into the house and called in mutual aid from Main-Transit and Snyder. Photo by David F. ShermanPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com An investigation is continuing into what caused a pre-dawn fire Monday at 10 Troy Del Way in Amherst.

Williamsville Fire Chief Chris Petrie estimated the total loss to the structure and contents at $200,000.

Firefighters were dispatched just after 5:30 a.m. after two people called Amherst Fire Control to report a house fire. Crews found the attached garage at the north end of the ranch home fully involved, with flames spreading rapidly into the rest of the home.

A resident, Pasquale Cipolla, was able to escape safely with a pet dog before firefighters arrived.

“We’re still classifying it as under investigation at this time,” said Petrie.


Smoke pours from the entire roof of the ranch style home at 10 Troy Del Way Monday morning. Total damage was estimated at $200,000. 
Photo by David F. ShermanPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Smoke pours from the entire roof of the ranch style home at 10 Troy Del Way Monday morning. Total damage was estimated at $200,000. Photo by David F. ShermanPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com A vehicle inside the garage was burning fiercely, compounding the intensity of the fire. Plastic components of another car parked in the driveway melted from the radiant heat.

As firefighters attacked the fire from the north and east, others made their way to the roof. Because intense fire conditions had weakened the structure, they utilized their new ladder truck for the first time at a major fire.

Mutual aid support was called in from the neighboring Main-Transit and Snyder fire departments. An estimated 60 to 70 firefighters responded, most remaining on the scene until about 9 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

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