Police and firefighters converged on 65 1/2 Courtney Street around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters entered the one-story building and carefully searched it.
A firefighter on the scene said windows had been broken and tiles from the ceiling were piled on the stove. He speculated that a person or persons may have been attempting to start a fire, but did not succeed. A policeman on the scene commented it looked like criminal mischief.
Reached on Wednesday afternoon, Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom said,"We're still doing an investigation on it but that is what it appears. I don't believe there was anyone living in the house but I'm not 100 percent sure of that."
OBSERVER photos by DIANE R.CHODAN
Firefighters approach 65 1/2 Courtney St. in Dunkirk early Wednesday.
The property is owned by Henry Serafin, according to the city assessor's office.
Dunkirk Police are continuing their investigation.