BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A historic home in Batavia suffered major damage after a fire on Wednesday.
Flames broke out around 4:30 p.m. in the basement of the home on Ross Street, directly across from Batavia Middle School. The fire spread quickly through the 5,000-square foot home due to its balloon frame design. Modern homes have a fire-stop between floors, while balloon frame homes have a void.
Chief Jim Maxwell of the City of Batavia Fire Department said, "There was a strong thunderstorm that came through the area. We know there was a lot of lightning strikes in the area. But right now, the cause of the fire is undetermined. It's going to take awhile. There's quite extensive damage in the basement and with the construction of the house, balloon frame construction, we're chasing some hotspots."
Firefighters worked for hours to extinguish all of the hotspots. Only a maid was in the home at the time the fire began, but she left after noticing the smoke coming from the basement.
The Batavian reports the home was designated an "historic structure" and that is has been honored in the past by the Genesee County Landmark Society.
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