A structure fire on East Avenue early Friday morning resulted in a kitchen being determined a “total loss.”
Luca Quagliano, a Lockport Fire Department investigator, said a neighbor reported seeing flames coming out of the window of 417 East Ave. at 5:30 a.m.
City firefighters responded within three to four minutes and noticed that the flames were coming from the kitchen window. They made entry through the front door and were able to eventually put the fire out.
Lockport police responded to assist as well, and closed East Avenue at Vine Street and Rogers Avenue. They diverted the traffic to Walnut Street. East Avenue was reopened for traffic at 11 a.m.
Structurally the home is in “sound condition,” but the kitchen and the back staircase have been declared “total losses,” according to Quagliano. He said “very gross estimate” of the damage is $50,000.
Firefighters were told they could leave at about 10 a.m. and the investigation of the cause was completed at about 11:30 a.m.
Quagliano believes the fire may have been sparked by rags used to apply wood stain in the building. He said if rags containing those materials aren’t laid properly they can create heat. The plastic garbage can act as fuel, he added.
NYSEG also responded to shut off the electricity to the home.