Fully involved barn fire on Starr Road, Pavilion
Submitted by Billie Owens on August 21, 2012 - 8:30pm
(This photo from the scene was provided from reader Joel R. Murcin.)
A fully involved barn fire "with lots of smoke" is reported in Pavilion at the
Schumacher's Kelkenberg's barn, thought to be located at 11338 11304 Starr Road. The location is between River and Hudson roads.
Alexander, Bethany, Town of Batavia's Fast Team, and Pavilion are responding along with units from Wyoming County. They are asked to draw water from Pearl Creek.
Bergen will stand in at Pavilion's fire hall.
UPDATE 8:31 p.m.: National Grid has been notified that there are power lines on the ground and it will respond ASAP.
UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: Fire police are asked to shut down traffic at Route 63 and Starr Road.
UPDATE 8:53 p.m.: Le Roy Fire Department is also responding as is Caledonia's.
UPDATE 8:56 p.m.: York's pumper is on scene and will be drawing water from the "first hydrant in the village," because getting an adequate water supply to fight the fire is proving problematic. The natural gas line in the barn is shut off.
UPDATE 8:58 p.m.: Monroe County is being notified they are tapping into hyrdrants. The water in the creek is said to be low, yet the amount to be had from the hydrants is also said to be limited. Now, they have enough water flow from the Hanson Aggregates mining facility. "We have plenty of it now." Warsaw crews have arrived.
UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: The top of a utility pole is on fire, directly across from where firefighters are working. Le Roy's auxiliary is called to provide cold drinks to the firefighters.
UPDATE 9:09 p.m.: They will employ the ladder brought by Warsaw to wipe out fire on one side of the barn, allowing those on the ground using hoses to concentrate on the other areas.
UPDATE 9:22 p.m.: The Town of Batavia's Fast Team is released from duty.
UPDATE 9:28 p.m.: Since the water supply from Hanson's is proving adequate, they are going to shut down the hand lines connected to fire hydrants.
UPDATE 9:58 p.m.: Cold beverages have arrived for the crews.
UPDATE 11:25 p.m. (by Howard): Fire crews are still on scene.The fire is knocked down but tankers continue to bring water to the scene to deal with what's left of the smoldering remains of the barn. Below are more pictures submitted by Joel R. Murcin. I was also out at the scene and will have a report with photos later tonight.
UPDATE 12:21 a.m.: Le Roy units returning to their hall.