Vacant house on Batavia-Elba Townline Road destroyed in early morning fire
Submitted by Howard B. Owens on August 26, 2009 - 8:25am
We received an e-mail reporting a working fire on Batavia-Elba Townline Road between State Street and Norton Road at 4:14 a.m.
Later, we received this picture from a volunteer at the scene. I'll post more information about the fire as soon as I get it.
UPDATE 8:58 a.m.: The wife of a firefighter e-mailed this to us:
An Abandoned house was on fire in Elba this morning around 3:30am on Batavia-Elba townline rd! They put it out around 5am! My husband just came home from it and said they were waiting for someone to come knock it down to the ground! Elba Oakfield S.Byron and town of batavia fire dept were called and Barre was on stand by in Elbas hall.
UPDATE 9:12 a.m.: From a report filed by the Sheriff's Office:
The fire was reported at 3:17 a.m. at 4681 Batavia-Elba Townline Road, Elba. The house was vacant and owned by Ron Green, of 4975 Batavia-Elba Townline Road, Elba. The fire originated on the first floor or basement on the northeast corner. The house was a total loss and uninsured. The cause is unknown. Fire departments responding: Elba, Town of Batavia, Oakfield, South Byron, Byron, Albabam and Albion.
UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: Just spoke with Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator for Genesee County. He said the cause remains under investigation, but that the house still had electricity and water running to it, so investigators will probably be looking most closely at the possibility that it was an electrical fire. There is nothing suspicious about the fire at this time, he said. The house is still smoldering, but it was burnt completely to the ground. He said it's believed the house had been in an abandoned state for two months.
NOTE: We received this video this morning, but for some reason, it took YouTube a long time to process it. It's from a cellphone camera, presumably from a volunteer firefighter.