Fire causes $500k in damage to Evans Bank in Depew

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DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – A fire at an Evans Bank in Depew caused about a half a million dollars worth of damage Sunday night.

No one was hurt in the blaze that happened around 6:00 p.m. at 4979 Transit Road.

The fire spread to the second floor of the building, but Chief Jim Koral from the Lancaster Twin District Fire Company said firefighters were able to get the flames under control in 15 minutes.

He told News 4 they were able to get many volunteer firefighters to the scene quickly. “Because it’s a holiday week, we had a lot of manpower and the fire fighting went well, no one was injured,”  he explained.

Investigators are looking into whether the fire was intentionally set.  They have deemed it suspicious.

The money kept inside the bank was not burned.  Chief Koral said that the bank’s safe is designed to withstand a fire for up to 5 hours at a very high temperature.

The fire did $400,000 worth of damage to the building and $100,000 worth of damage to its contents.

Evans Bancorp and Evans Bank President David Nasca said, “This branch is an important part of our franchise so it will make every effort to reestablish banking operations in this area as soon as possible.”

He said in the meantime, employees will be reassigned to the Williamsville branch at Main and North Forest.

“While we are disappointed in the loss of property, we are pleased to report that the building was empty at the time of the fire, so no injuries resulted from it,” said Nasca.

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