Evans Bank fire no longer considered suspicious

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LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Investigators are now looking into whether a fire that tore through the Evans bank at 4979 Transit Road on the Depew, Lancaster border was caused by an electrical issue.  The fire started just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

Twin District Fire Company Chief Jim Koral told News 4, the fire started behind a window where there is a desk and a storage area.  The heat from the fire broke the window.  They did not find any evidence of accelerants.

Koral said the bank did not have a working alarm system and they didn’t know about the fire until people passing by noticed the flames.

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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