A Jamestown family managed to escape without injuries from a fire Thursday.
The fire, which occurred at 176 Barrows St., was called in at 4:55 p.m.
"The call initially came in as a porch fire," said Jamestown Fire Department Battalion Chief Bill Johnston.
JFD battles porch fire.
When officials arrived, they found the front of the structure in flames.
Firefighters began fighting the blaze with hoses, which pushed the fire off the front porch. The porch then collapsed. Most of the damage was contained to the front of the home, said Johnston.
An off-shift alarm was called out and firefighters went inside the home to put out hot spots.
Jamestown firefighters extinguish a fire at 176 Barrows St. on Thursday afternoon.
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"The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 20 minutes," he said.
Firefighters also had to contend with sparking electric lines and the heat, said Johnston.
"The power lines burned off the house and were sparking for an extended period of time in the trees," he said.
He explained that firefighters can't do much when this happens, other then cordon off the area and wait for the Jamestown BPU to shut the power off.
Johnston also said that the weather conditions hampered efforts.
"It was not extremely hot, but it is a warm day, and that tires out our guys," he said.
The family who lives in the house was at home at the time of the fire, but all made it safely out of the house. There were no injuries reported in the incident.
A dog was also rescued from the home.
The cause of the fire had not yet been determined and is still under investigation, he said.