The Dunkirk Fire Department responded to a report of a structure on fire on the corner of Ruggles and Talcott streets Wednesday night.
First arriving units found the building, 100 Ruggles St., fully involved with fire around 9 p.m. The fire was extending from three sides of the building and was already through the roof.
The building formerly housed the Community Sharing for Christmas program.
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A fire Wednesday night fire heavily damaged this building at 100 Ruggles St. in the city of Dunkirk.
The condition of the building and the amount of fire called for an exterior attack only. Firefighters set up master streams on three sides of the building. Dunkirk Ladder One and Fredonia Tower 18 used master streams to extinguish the main body of fire.
The fire was under control in an hour, but crews stayed on the scene for three hours.
Fredonia responded with Tower 18 and an engine that stood by at Dunkirk Fire headquarters. There were 30 firefighters on scene.
According to Building Inspector Alan Zurawski, a permit was issued for the replacement of a roof on one of the building's sections. He also said the building was being used for storage. The fire is currently under investigation by the County Fire Investigation team. According to Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom, there has been no cause determined as of yet.
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