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Businesses, residents, displaced after Main Street fire in Whitesboro

By WKTV News

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Firefighters remained on the scene Friday evening of a fire at the corner of Main Street and Mosely Streets in in the Village of Whitesboro.

The fire broke out around 11:30 a.m. Friday morning and burned out of control for hours. The building houses a business, an office and apartments and officials say that people were home, but everyone got out safely.

Two hours into it, flames still burned inside the building, hurling huge smoke clouds into the sky. Roughly an hour into it, fire officials sounded the all-clear, a loud horn, letting firefighters know to get out of the structure, as it was no longer safe to fight the fire from inside the burning building. It was at that point that firefighters counted on the aerial ladder to pour water on top of the building.

The building was home to a State Department of Transportation Field Office, a barber shop and apartments. It was home to Richard Burton, a diabetic man who only has one leg. He found the fire and scrambled to wake his girlfriend, who was fast asleep after working the night shift.

"I opened up the door and there was flames about two and a half feet up in the air on the floor next to the freezer," Burton said. "So, then I shut the door, locked it, went and got my girl and said 'come on, let's get out of here.' I'm grateful that me and her are still here, but kind of sucks...Friday, the 13th."

The couple is holding out hope that their cat, named Oliver, made it out of the fire safely.

A cause of the fire is not yet known.

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