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Fire has extensively damaged a landmark home in Batavia.
City firemen raced to call of smoke streaming from 33 Ross Street around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.
The stately 2 and half story frame home is owned by Dr. David Paul:
"I was at my office in Buffalo when my daughter called me to tell me the house was on fire and I shot right back here. By the time I got here the fire department and outlying departments were here and taking care of things. I didn't see any flames at that time, but there was plenty of smoke."   
 
The first firemen to arrive did report flames shooting from the basement.
Batavia Fire Chief Jim Maxwell says the home, built in 1902, was of a balloon type construction:
"It's not like construction now-a-days where we have a fire-stop between every floor. With balloon type construction, from the foundation to the top floor, is a void."
That void allows smoke and fire to travel easily to the upper floors.
No one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.
The 5,000 sq. ft. foot home had been completely remodeled by Dr. Paul and his family.
The home was assessed at $205,000.
 
A dollar estimate of fire damage was not available.
Volunteer companies from the Town of Batavia, Elba and Alexander assisted in the fire fighting effort.
Firemen and equipment remained on the scene until 9:30 last night.

 
 
 
 
A Batavia man recently arrested for burglaries committed over five years ago, has now been arrested in connection with another break-in.
Samuel Malone of Walnut Street, who was linked to a series of burglaries with DNA evidence, has now been charged with the August, 2008 burglary of Clor’s Meat Market.
Clor’s was located on Brooklyn Ave. at the time.
Police said an undisclosed quantity of cash was taken in the heist along with the cash register itself.
The cash register was later found, empty, in Williams Park.
The 27-year-old Malone has been released under suspervision.

Western New York Catholic schools are lobbying the state Assembly to approve a tax credit that would make private education more affordable.  Around ten-thousand people attended a rally in support of the proposal at First Niagara Center in Buffalo yesterday.  Most of those at the rally were Catholic school students who were bused in from around the region to help support the legislation.  

A new report indicates that Buffalo-Niagara area residents are not heading into spring in a spending mood.  A Siena College survey indicates that overall consumer sentiment in the Buffalo area has dropped to the lowest level since 2011.  It indicates that Buffalo area residents are much less likely to make a major home improvement or a major purchase during this year.  Dr. Douglas Lonnstrom with the Siena Research Institute says the report shows that area residents clearly are seeing more dark clouds than sunshine in their economic future. 

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