Rescuers save woman during overnight fire

BELMONT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A woman was rescued from an apartment building fire in the Village of Belmont, in Allegany County, around 3 a.m. Monday.

The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was rescued by a responder who kicked the door open to her upper-level unit. This happened after neighbors tried to get to the woman and couldn’t. She was reportedly taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

Brad Field, one of the neighbors who helped, said, “We grabbed a cinder block, one of the neighbors grabbed a cinder block, and we broke out the windows on the porch and the window to the doorway. In the process, I think because of the noise, the lady was able to make her way to the door.”

The blaze sparked at an apartment building that housed four families, including seven people. Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the families.

There is no word on what sparked 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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