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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6:50 am

Transformer on fire on Clinton Street Road, National Grid notified

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A transformer on a primary power pole is confirmed on fire at 5263 Clinton Street Road. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding. National Grid is notified. A caller reported flames "like a flamethrower" shooting from the pole.

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:34 am

Same vacant house on fire again on Snyder Road, Elba

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A vacant structure fire is reported for the third time in a week at 6616 Snyder Road, Elba. Elba fire is responding to the "rekindle" along with mutual aid from Oakfield.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: Fire is out. Elba assignment is back in service.

 

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

House reportedly filling with smoke in Oakfield

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Oakfield Fire is being dispatched to 14 Orchard St. for the report of a house filling with smoke.

UPDATE 11:04 a.m.: There is apparently a sewer test in the neighborhood. All equipment, stage in quarters.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Cat rescued, State Street family displaced by fire

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As firefighters finished extinguishing a fire that started in a back room on the second floor of the home at 122 State St., Adrian's biggest worry was for the safety of his cat, Prince Charming.

So named because he was the lone kitten born to his mother. He's a special cat.

Adrian's mother, Carla Laird, stood at the threshold of their house and called. She had managed to get the family's two dogs and another cat out once she became aware of the fire, but Prince had jumped from her arms and hid under the couch and wasn't coming out. 

Two firefighters were dispatched to try and find Prince Charming and minutes later they emerged with him in a cat carrier.

There were hugs all around, including from Adrian's uncle, Chris (top photo).

No people were hurt, no animals were lost in the fire of still undetermined origin. Carla and Adrian were getting ready to leave the house when the fire started. Carla's daughter was not home at the time.

The house was damaged enough that the Red Cross has been called to assist the family and their pets.

For more on the fire, read our initial report.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm

House fire reported on State Street in the city

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A house fire is reported at 122 State St., upper apartment. City of Batavia Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 1:53 p.m.: "There's a possibility of a person trapped inside the apartment," says a dispatcher. "We have an open (phone) line and can hear a person still inside." Heavy smoke is showing and flames are shouting out of the rear window, says a firefighter on scene.

UPDATE 1:55 p.m.: City command reports everyone is out of the structure, then calls for a second alarm.

UPDATE 1:58 p.m.: Darien, Alexander Fast Team, and all available city fire manpower called in. Town of Batavia fire is to stage in its quarters.

UPDATE 2:02 p.m.: Command reports fire knocked down. Darien's response is cancelled. Alexander is continuing to the scene. National Grid has been notified. Mercy medics are on scene in case needed.

UPDATE 2:29 p.m.: The American Red Cross will be contacted to respond to the scene.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 5:22 am

Trailer filled with smoke on Overlook Drive, Batavia

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A trailer is reportedly filled with smoke on Overlook Drive, Batavia. One person is still inside the structure. Town of Batavia fire is responding.

UPDATE 6:30 a.m.: We didn't hear any more transmissions on this incident, so we spoke with a dispatcher. The incident was smoke from cooking and the fire department has cleared the scene.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 5:16 am

Vacant house on Snyder Road ablaze again in Elba

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A house fire is reported at 6616 Snyder Road, Elba, located between Lockport and Maltby roads. It's the same vacant structure that was on fire April 20. Snyder Road becomes Weatherwax Road south of Maltby. A Sheriff's deputy on scene confirms the blaze and says some trees next to it are also on fire. Elba fire is responding along with mutual aid from Oakfield, which is to set up a draft site on Maltby Road, and Byron and Barre. Snyder Road will be shut down to traffic.

UPDATE 5:23 a.m.: Alabama fire is asked to fill in at Oakfield's fire hall.

UPDATE 5:32 a.m.: Elba command reports the fire is knocked down.

UPDATE 7:40 a.m.: Photos added.

"The structure was pretty much gone when we got here," said Elba Chief Mike Hale. "It was just a matter of getting the fire out and making sure the crews were safe doing it."

The fire is under investigation.

"It's definitely suspicious," Hale said. "We were out here earlier this week and now we're back again, so there's definitely something suspicious there."

Because the house was vacant and already pretty much gone by the time fire departments were dispatched, Hale said he kept the response to a minimum necessary for manpower and water.  Besides Elba, responding were Byron, Oakfield and Barre.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm

Power pole on fire on Main Road, Stafford

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A power pole is on fire at 5338 Main Road, Stafford. Stafford fire is responding. National Grid is called but no ETA provided.

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Empty house on fire on Snyder Road, Elba

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A confirmed residential structure fire is reported at 6616 Snyder Road, Elba, located between Lockport and Weatherwax roads. It is a vacant house and the fire was called in from a passerby who said he saw flames inside. All available manpower from Elba fire is called to the scene, along with mutual aid from Oakfield, Byron and Bergen. Town of Batavia is asked to fill in at Elba's fire hall.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/6616+Snyder+Rd,+Oakfield,+NY+14125/@43.0922189,-78.2174804,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89d3f3eeec8511f1:0x8dd3115440501a07

UPDATE 1:17 p.m.: A code enforcement officer from Elba is called to the scene.

UPDATE 2:04 p.m.: The Elba assignment is back in service. Barre also responded.

Photos by Jim Burns.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:15 am

'Emerson Building' consignment store on fire in Pembroke, Alleghany and Phelps roads

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A structure fire is reported on Alleghany Road at the "Emerson Building," Pembroke, consignment store. It is believed to be electrical in nature. Power is off. National Grid advised. Traffic will be stopped at Route 77 (Alleghany Road) and Phelps Roads, Indian Falls. Fire departments from Pembroke, East Pembroke, Indian Falls, Alabama, Oakfield, Corfu, Darien and Town of Batavia are called to respond.

UPDATE 1:20 a.m.: City of Batavia's first platoon is called to its headquarters. The structure on fire is described as located between a house and a barn and they are "using the consignment store as the address."

UPDATE 1:27 a.m.: The property owner has a generator near the house and is told to come in and shut it down, too. "We've got nothing (firefighting capability) on the backside of this and I need something on the front." The response is they are awaiting "more interiors" (crew) to the scene.

UPDATE 1:29 a.m.: A Crittenden tanker is asked to start to the scene in non-emergency mode.

UPDATE 1:38 a.m.: Command asks that the crew from Newstead be told to bring in a thermal imaging camera. Establishing a draft to charge one or more of the water lines appears to be difficult.

UPDATE 1:39 a.m.: Elba is asked to stand by in East Pembroke's fire hall. A 65-gallon drum near the fire scene has caused firefighters some pause, but the owner reports it is empty. However, there IS a full or partially full propane tank inside a building, he reports. Both lines that are charged "are pushing water," says a firefighter. The actual address is given as 7887 Alleghany Road.

UPDATE 1:45 a.m.: "We are having an issue with the hydrant here, and we're changing locations," says a firefighter. Dispatch says the fire is reported to be knocked down (under control).

UPDATE 1:53 a.m.: Google Maps show the location as north of Housekneckt Road, well south of Schafer Potato Farms. "It looks like the main part of the fire is out," a firefighter tells command.

UPDATE 1:56 a.m.: A secondary draft has been established as they continue to squelch the blaze.

UPDATE 2:12 a.m.: They are doing overhaul at the site. There will be no further posts on this incident unless warranted.

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