Archery shop, pet parlor burn to the ground during blizzard


POMFRET, N.Y. (WIVB) – West Wind Custom Archery and Fredonia Pet Parlor in Pomfret burned to the ground on Wednesday.

Fire crews were called to the store on Rt. 20 around 8:30 p.m. during the blizzard. The building was already fully involved and a second alarm was called. In all, five fire departments responded to the scene.

The blizzard conditions froze equipments, hose lines and firefighters’ gear, making it incredibly difficult to extinguish the blaze. Despite their efforts, the business was a total loss.

Anita Luce, owner of Fredonia Pet Parlor, said, “I’m sick about it. Especially since I feel like a lot of my customers are let down. They depend on you. I know it’s just a dog and haircuts, but still people depend on you.”

No animals were being housed at the pet parlor at the time of the fire because of renovations and no one was injured in the fire.

The owner of West Wind Custom Archery sent a message out on Facebook saying, “I am lost. I am so sorry for all the customers who lost trophies. I will be contacting my insurance for the next step.”

He added, “My family and I are humbled by the support from our friends and everyone. I am most upset at the loss of my customers trophies. I am truly heart broken. If you know me, I take extreme pride an personal investment in every mount and bow that left the shop. I am lost right now. I am bless with a safe family and friends. I truly love you all.”

Fire investigators say the blaze broke out in the pet parlor and they are examining a possible electrical issue as the cause of the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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