Submitted by Ron Stipp
Public Information Officer
Grand Island Fire Co.
At 6:04 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Chateau Motor Lodge Motel located on Grand Island Boulevard. The caller advised the dispatcher that smoke was seen coming from one of the room's windows.
First Assistant Chief Pat Hahn arrived on scene along with engine 3, truck 6, rescue 1, to find smoke coming from the eves of the roof and from the door of the apartment.
During the fire suppression, crews located two puppies and removed them from the smoke-filled room. GIFC personnel were able to treat and revive one puppy, and that puppy was transported to a local animal hospital and is recovering.
Mutual aid assistance was received from Sheridan Park Fire and the City of Tonawanda Fire Department. Fire suppression crews made entry and the fire was declared out, as overhaul commenced at 6:24 p.m. The fire was contained to the original room of origin.
Damage was estimated at $40,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents. The exact cause remains undetermined according to Chief Hahn.
All participating units returned in service by 7:15 p.m.