Horses and dogs were saved but a small barn and chicken coop went up in flames in a fire about 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Bowen Road. The homeowners were not home, but the house may have sustained siding damage.
Roger Yurek, the assistant chief at Rapids Volunteer Co. said, “We got dispatched for the report of a possible brush fire. The second call reported a building involved. When we got here, there was a 20- by- 30 barn well involved, along with a boat.”
Two horses were led to a relative’s house on the south side of the road and dogs were taken to the house. The cause of the blaze has not been determined, but a steady westerly breeze may have fed the blaze.
The property owners were not at home at the time of the fire which was spotted by their parents who live on the other side of the road.
As she surveyed the damage, Covel asked about the chickens that were cooped up. The chicks were about three weeks old and there may also have been ducks on the property.
”There were two horses in the adjacent structure which we got out along with the smaller animals,” Yurek said.
• THEFT: Officers are looking into a theft in the 500 block of 78th Street. A 44-year-old man told police he was working at that location at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday when he went inside to have lunch. The man said when he came back outside, a mulching mower, a power washer, a weed trimmer and a backpack blower that he was using had been taken.
• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 1800 Michigan Avenue. A 33-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, someone broke into her home by kicking in the rear door. The victim said a PlayStation 3 game system, an Xbox 360 game system, 20 video games, three men’s watches, a diamond bracelet and a digital camera were taken.
• LARCENY: A New Road woman told Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday an unknown person took a ceramic outdoor fireplace from in front of her home. The fireplace was found in a wooded area across the road and was completely destroyed, the report said. It was valued at $180.
• FIRE: Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday a lawnmower caught fire on Braley Road. The vehicle was parked close to the house, but the fire was extinguished by deputies and Ransomville Fire Co. The fire caused minor smoke damage to the house, the report said.