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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Genesee County firefighters working a house fire in Middlebury

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Several Genesee County fire departments are helping fight a fully involved house fire on Kingsley Road in the Town of Middlebury, which is in Wyoming County. The house is at 566 Kingsley Road.

Bethany, Pavilion and Le Roy are called to the scene, along with a tanker from Alexander. An engine from Alexander is requested to fill in at Bethany's hall. York is asked to fill in at Pavilion. Bergen is asked to stand by in its quarters. Bethany is requested to send an ambulance to the scene.

UPDATE: For coverage from the Wyoming County Free Press, click here.

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Garage fire reported on Cone Street

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A garage fire with flames showing is reported at 28 2A Cone St. in the city. The location is between Jackson Street and Garfield Avenue. City firefighters are at the scene.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: This is a shed fire. Heavy smoke is pouring from its roof. The third platoon is called to stand by in city headquarters.

UPDATE 3:41 p.m.: Command says the fire is under control and they are overhauling the site.

UPDATE: Fire officials say the blaze was started by hot coals, discarded from the house fire, being deposited too close to the shed.

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7:03 am

Barn fire reported on Watson Road, Elba

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A barn fire at 5327 Watson Road, Elba, is under control.

The fire was reported about 30 minutes ago.

Elba fire was dispatched along with Barre, Stafford, Bergen, Byron, South Byron and Oakfield.

The location is CY Heifer Farms.

UPDATE 7:49 a.m.: The particular barn with the fire is leased to Provitello Farms. All 58 calves were safely moved from the barn to another one. The fire was electrical and contained to a small room behind the calves' stalls. The preliminary cause is believed to be mice chewing on wires. An employee saw the smoke upon arriving for work and called 9-1-1. The fire was quickly knocked down. All units are packing up and returning to service.  

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Smoke coming from walls of mobile home on Alexander Road

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Smoke is reportedly coming from the walls of a mobile home at 9132 Alexander Road. Town of Batavia fire is responding.

UPDATE 6:48 p.m.: A responder on scene confirms "structure fire in the walls." The location is between Pike and Rose roads.

UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: A code enforcement officer is called to the scene.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: Oakfield is called to fill in at Town of Batavia's fire station.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: Traffic is backed up. They are going to alternate the traffic flow. The homeowner is safe and inside a vehicle.

UPDATE 7:07 p.m.: The fire is out and they are beginning overhaul.

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:42 am

Working barn fire on East Road in Bethany

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A working barn fire is confirmed at 10628 East Road, south of Route 20 in Bethany. Pigs are reportedly inside of it. Bethany fire is responding, along with Alexander, the city's Fast Team, Pavilion, Stafford and Wyoming. Town of Batavia Fire is to fill in at Bethany Fire Hall.

UPDATE 6:47 a.m.: Darien fire is asked to fill in at Alexander Fire Hall.

UPDATE 7:18 a.m.: East Pembroke is asked to fill in at Bethany Fire Hall.

UPDATE 7:30 a.m.: The command chief says "most of the pigs got out." The barn itself was "on the ground" by the time fire crews arrived.

UPDATE 7:52 a.m.: South Byron is requested to fill in at Stafford Fire Hall.

UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: The farm is owned by David and Rebecca Orr. There were three adults and from nine to 11 piglets lost in the fire.  At least nine pigs were saved. The fire is still under investigation, but Emergency Management Coordinator said investigators are looking at the heat lamps used to keep the piglets warm.

UPDATE 11:13 a.m.: Video from the scene.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:03 am

Five Genesee County fire departments called to house fire in Town of Covington

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Five Genesee County fire departments are responding, mutual aid, to the Town of Covington in Wyoming County for a working structure fire with a person still inside the residence. The location is 864 Perry Road. In addition to Covington fire, responders requested include Le Roy, Pavilion, Bethany, Stafford and the City of Batavia Fast Team.

UPDATE 5:28 a.m.: The person inside got out safely. The fire is out. The assignment is back in service. The resident told firefighters he normally throws debris from his heat stove outside his back door, and did so this time but forgot about a wooden pallet he put there. It caught fire and smoke came up through the back porch into the house, waking the resident. The fire burnt a portion of the back porch.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Structure fire reported on South Main Street, Village of Oakfield

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A working structure fire is reported at 102 S. Main St. in the Village of Oakfield. Oakfield fire is responding along with Town of Batavia and the city's Fast Team. East Pembroke is asked to fill in at Oakfield's hall.

UPDATE 9:51 p.m.: Fire police are requested to shut down traffic at Route 63 and Fisher Road, and in the Village at Route 63 and South Pearl Street.

UPDATE 9:59 p.m.: Elba's firefighting "Cascade" is called in.

UPDATE 10:25 p.m.: National Grid has been notified. Command reports the blaze is under control.

UPDATE 10:34 p.m.: One code enforcement officer is on scene and a second one is contacted to respond.

UPDATE 11:25 p.m.: Roadway being reopened.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Chimney fire report on Ridge Road, Elba

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A working chimney fire is reported 4136 Ridge Road.

Elba fire and Oakfield fire were dispatched initially.

A second tone out includes Bergen and Byron with Town of Batavia to fill in at Elba.

A chief on scene reports heavy smoke.

The residence has been evacuated.

UPDATE 9:37 p.m.: A firefighter requests a chainsaw and a thermal camera.

UPDATE 10:07 p.m.: Fire contained to chimney. Firefighters starting overhaul.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

4-wheeler on fire in garage on Naramore Drive, Batavia

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A 4-wheeler is reportedly on fire inside the garage at 204 Naramore Drive. City firefighters are responding.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: A resident sprayed water on the blaze and firefighters doused it fully with an extinguisher. It's out and the city crew is returning to service. There was no extention into the house.

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

One person rescued, another succumbs to fire in home on Caswell Road, Byron

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A Byron resident died after an early morning fire swept through his home on Caswell Road.

A woman who also lived at the house survived and was transported by ambulance to UMMC after she was rescued by volunteer firefighters.

Their names have not yet been released by authorities.

The cause of the fire, reported at 2:06 a.m., has not been determined.

Chief Charles Durkee, Byron Fire Department, said when his assistant chief arrived on scene, he reported smoke showing.

Two fire trucks arrived quickly and while one crew worked to establish water lines, another crew went to the roof to try and cut a hole for ventilation.

"The roof was so icy, they couldn't even get off the ladder," Durkee said. "That plan was quickly abandoned."

As crews fought the blaze, firefighters entered the house and were able to locate the female resident and carry her to safety, but they could not locate the male resident.

He reportedly succombed to smoke inhalation and his body was found later in the kitchen area.

This fire was difficult to fight because the closest hydrants are a couple of miles away, and it was made harder when a power line fell.

"We started sending trucks around in a loop but then this wire behind me dropped," Durkee said. "It went right across the road. We had to abandon the aerial. We had to abandon all hand lines that were underneath it. We had to re-rig some hand lines so we could start fighting the fire and bringing the tankers in from one direction." 

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire knocked down and an hour to get it under control, Durkee said.

Responding to the fire were Byron, South Byron, Elba, Barre, Bergen, Brockport, Stafford, Town of Batavia and City of Batavia, as well as medics from Mercy EMS and Le Roy Ambulance.

There are investigators on scene from the state's Fire Prevention Services and the county's Emergency Management Office.  

The Sheriff's Office is assisting in the investigation.

UPDATE: The deceased is identified as Warren Leaton, 90.

UPDATE: Norine R. Leaton, 84, was rescued by volunteer firefighters when she was found in a breezeway, according to a Sheriff's Office release. The body of the deceased was inside the residence. The man's body has been taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office, the report says. The remains have not been positively identified, according to the release. The Batavian's news partner 13WHAM spoke with family members, and they said Warren Leaton passed in the fire.

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