I was on my way home from the Hutchison home in Byron and saw the smoke. I swung by and took 2 pictures and a short video. I could hear the animals screaming..sounded like pigs. We often think that firemen just put out fires. They have to deal with things most people can't even imagine.
Working barn fire reported on Roanoke Road, Stafford
Submitted by Billie Owens on September 18, 2013 - 6:27pm
A working barn fire is reported 9418 Roanoke Road, Stafford. There is heavy black smoke visible. Stafford Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from Bethany, Le Roy, Pavilion and Town of Batavia. The latter is to stand by in Stafford's hall.
UPDATE 7:28 p.m.: A secondary explosion is reported and there is livestock involved.
UPDATE 7:31 p.m.: A firefighter in the area says the barn "looks like it's fully involved."
UPDATE 7:33 p.m.: Command asks that National Grid be contacted.
UPDATE 7:42 p.m.: Stafford commands says all responding tankers can go back in service. The equipment on scene with suffice.
UPDATE 7:44 p.m.: South Byron is asked to stand by in Stafford's fire hall instead of Town of Batavia.
UPDATE 7:46 p.m.: An engine out of Caledonia is asked to stand by in Le Roy's fire hall.
UPDATE 8:03 p.m.: Bethany is back in service.
UPDATE 8:23 p.m.: Howard interviewed property owner Terry Smart at the scene and the man said he lost four pigs, 16 chickens and two dogs in the blaze. He said he had just completed work on his new pig pen today and doesn't know how the fire started. Three years ago, in the same location, his house burned down.
UPDATE 9:13 p.m. (by Howard): Photo at the top by Doug Yeomans. Doug also sent over video that I'll post as soon as it's uploaded to YouTube. We also have our own photos coming.
UPDATE: Video by Doug Yeomans. Copyright by Doug Yoemans. Used with permission.
UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: Le Roy fire back in service.
UPDATE 10:34 p.m.: Stafford units back in service.
Thanks for sharing Doug.....I have 4 dogs....I will sleep well tonight...
I have 3 cats...the video has no audio...I edited it out.
Thank you! It's tough to watch even without the audio. So sad.