At 1238 on Tuesday August 23, 2022, Olean Firefighters were dispatched to a reported garage fire near the intersection of East State Street and Niagara Street in East Olean. OPD arrived on scene reporting smoke showing from the front of the building and an automatic 3rd alarm was dispatched to include all available off duty personnel, Allegany Fire Department covering Central Fire Station and Weston Mills Fire Department covering Fire Station 1. Engine 42 arrived on scene within 4 minutes of being dispatched, reporting heavy smoke showing from the 1 / 2 corner of the building. They pulled a 1 ¾” hand line to extinguish the fire. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find the location of the fire. Heavy smoke and high heat conditions met firefighters when the forced open the side door. Firefighters went to the roof to cut a vent hole to release the heat and smoke while other firefighters broke out windows to also help with ventilation. Significant smoke, heat and water damage throughout the building.
At this time the fire is being investigated by the Olean Fire Investigation Team.