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PENDLETON – A home in the 5000 block of Mapleton Road was heavily damaged Thursday night, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported.

Sgt. Gary May, first on scene about 6:30 p.m., reported heavy flames and smoke engulfing the house at 5362 Mapleton, between Campbell Boulevard and Bear Ridge Road.

The fire was fed by natural gas and ammunition was going off in the basement as firefighters battled the raging blaze. Wendelville firefighters in charge of the scene, worked with fellow volunteers from Shawnee, South Lockport and East Amherst to try to save the eastern portion of the house.

The family was able to escape the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.