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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Fully involved barn fire on Starr Road, Pavilion

post by Billie Owens in batavia, alexander, Bethany, fire, Le Roy, Pavilion

(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.

Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Is that burnt food wafting from College Village? Duh.

post by Billie Owens in batavia, College Village, fire

Ah, the fall semester nears. Is that burnt food emanating from College Village? Why yes, it is. Room 203 in Spruce Hall. The college has confirmed it is burnt food. And the Town of Batavia now musters a fire crew to respond.

UPDATE 2:39 p.m.: The fire department confirmed the confirmation that food was burning inside Room 203 at Spruce Hall. It is back in service.

Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Trash can fire in Elba village park

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A trash can is on fire under the pavilion at the Veterans Memorial Park on South Main Street. Elba Fire Department is responding

UPDATE 2:17 p.m. The fire was put out before Elba could respond. Elba is back in service.
Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Black smoke in area of East Main Street Road and Broadlawn Avenue

post by Billie Owens in batavia, fire

Black smoke is reported in the area of East Main Street Road and Broadlawn Avenue and the Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding to investigate.

UPDATE 7:36 p.m.: It is deemed a controlled burn. "We're all set here." Town of Batavia is back in service.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Structure fire in Attica, three local departments responding

post by Billie Owens in Attica, alexander, Bethany, Darien, fire

Firefighters and equipment from Alexander, Bethany and Darien are heading to Wyoming County to provide mutual aid at a structure fire at 1136 Creek Road in Attica, which is off Lindsey Road.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Child yanks fire alarm at Jell-O Gallery Museum, no one knows how to turn it off

post by Billie Owens in fire, Le Roy

A general fire alarm sounded at the Jell-O Gallery Museum at 23 E. Main St., Le Roy, after a child pulled the alarm and people on site don't know how to shut it off. There is no smoke or fire and the alarm company is in contact with county emergency dispatch.

The building has been evacuated nonetheless and an officer on scene says a large crowd is gathered there. Le Roy Fire and Ambulance is responding.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: "The alarm doesn't seem to be resetting itself," says a police officer. "I'm leaving the scene, back in service." The fire department is on scene.

UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: The alarm has been reset.

Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Fire reported at automotive shop in Le Roy

post by Billie Owens in fire, Le Roy

A fire is reported at an automotive shop at Route 5 and Linwood Road in Le Roy, which has firefighters on scene.

The fire is concentrated at the back side of the north end of the building, and "a big hole will be opened" to accommodate firefighting efforts.

According to Google Maps, the likely shop is Rider's Garage, located at 8980 Linwood Road near East Main Road (Route 5).

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: The address is reported as 8171 Route 5, which maps as Carl McQuillen Racing Engines.

UPDATE 9:48 p.m.: Pavilion fire is requested to the scene non-emergency and Stafford is also responding.

UPDATE 9:53 p.m.: National Grid has cut power to the building.

UPDATE 10:12 p.m.: An engine from the Town of Batavia is also responding. A crew is being directed to head up into the attic to check for hot spots.

UPDATE 11:17 p.m.: A second interior crew is going to go into the attic.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Grass fire by Cookson and Dorman roads, Alexander

post by Billie Owens in alexander, fire

A grass fire is reported in the area of Cookson and Dorman roads. Alexander Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 8:57 p.m.: The area is said to be near the old Foster residence or Foster Farm. It wasn't much of a blaze. They couldn't find it at first, then indicated the responders on scene would suffice. "Are you going to stomp it out?", a firefighter asks. "Doing it now," is the reply. Mission accomplished. Fire is out. Alexander is back in service. 

Monday, August 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Fire on outside of train car on Seven Springs Road

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A fire on the outside of a train car is reported by the railroad crossing at Seven Springs Road. Stafford Fire Department is responding. Someone was said to be using an extinguisher on it. "Looks like a brake fire and it's going pretty good" said a responder at the scene. But then they found it was coming from a traction motor which is attached to a 5,000-gallon tank full of diesel fuel.

UPDATE 5:19 p.m.: The blaze is on west side of the tracks. Fire police are going to shut down Seven Springs Road.

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: Town of Batavia Fire Department is also responding.

UPDATE 5:31 p.m.: The roadway will be closed at East Main and Seven Springs roads. A fireman says there's rubber burning underneath on one side. "We might be able to yank it right out -- the part that's burning," which is said to be a bellows. The CSX railroad line is shut down for now and a CSX worker is at the scene. There appears to be no indication of any kind of leakage or either gas or oil.

UPDATE 5:42 p.m.: The fire commander said the fire is contained to the bellows of a motor that spread to the structure of the car. They expect to be able to put it out shortly. No fuel lines were affected. The commander asks whether CSX plans to start up the train soon and, if so, recommends fire personnel remain on scene to confirm there are no more safety issues.

UPDATE 5:51 p.m.: CSX is giving the go-ahead to open the tracks. The fire is apparently out.

UPDATE 6 p.m.: All Stafford units are back in service.

UPDATE 6:06 p.m.: All Town of Batavia units are back in service and the roadway is reopened.

Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Front porch fire reported at residence on Maple Avenue, Oakfield

post by Howard B. Owens in fire, Oakfield

A fire is reported on the front porch of 69 Maple Ave., Oakfield.

Oakfield Fire Department is responding.


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