UPDATE: Historic building housing Castile village/town offices destroyed by morning fire

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A three-alarm fire spread in a building in Castile, Wyoming County around 2:00 o’clock this morning.

Fire crews from 24 different fire departments across Livingston, Allegany, Genesee, and Wyoming County were called in to douse the flames According to fire officials,  the blaze started on the second floor and moved rapidly, engulfing the 120 year old historic N. Main Street building.

Located inside the building were the town and village offices as well as the justice court, Lorraine’s Place restaurant and an apartment.

Firefighters say they believe some important government papers were stored on the second floor of the building. Some were salvaged while others dating back more than one hundred years may have been destroyed.

Investigators say because the water main is being worked on that nearby fire hydrants were covered and could not be used and  departments had to bring in water tankers from other agencies to help extinguish the fire.

“It was more difficult, but we were prepared for that,” said Castile Assistant Fire Chief Brian Brown.

Officials say no one was injured. The person who lived in the apartment on the top floor has been displaced.

Officials told us there’s no word yet on what caused the fire.  Investigators plan on being on scene most of the day.