A possible grass fire in two spots is reported in the woods off westbound Route 490 in the area of mile marker 0.9. Bergen and Le Roy fire departments are called to investigate.
UPDATE 12:23 p.m.: Firefighters found five or six large controlled burns. The farmer had notified the Emergency Dispatch Center beforehand about the planned burns. However, authorities decided because of their location, they should be looked at for safety reasons. The responders are back in service. And the property owner, who is actually on Lake Street Road, is "highly agitated" with the situation.
Two dogs on River Road were rescued today from a home on River Road, Pavilion, after a fire ignited in the back of the manufactured home while the tenants were not home.
Steven Barnhardt, a neighbor, opened the unlocked front door, and even though the ceiling had black smoke rolling over it, entered the house, let the dogs out of their cages and then yelled to see if anybody was in the house.
"There was black smoke and flames coming out the back window and as soon as I got out, it started coming out of the roof," Barnhardt said.
The fire appears to have started in a rear bedroom and was possibly related to an electrical issue, though no appliances were believed to be running at the time the fire started.
Besides the dogs, two cats were saved, though as of 6 p.m., one was still missing.
While the dogs ran off from the fire scene, they returned later and were reunited with their owners.
The residence is owned by Matthew Janis and his tenants were Cory Harkness and Chelsea Zeluff.
Pavilion Chief Paul Dougherty said that even though the response was quick and most of the house was saved, given the type of construction, it's probably a total loss.
"It's probably easier to move another manufactured dwelling here than reconstruct this one," Dougherty said.
The property is valued at $61,000.
Dougherty said the black smoke from the fire was visible from some distance away and when chiefs arrived on scene, there was fire coming from two back windows and from under the eaves.
The biggest difficulty firefighters faced was the flimsy nature of the floor of the manufactured house.
"A hole was already burned through the floor in one of the rooms," Dougherty said. "Fortunately, there is no basement, so the first guy or two just kind of settled through the floor and they were able to to get themselves out and continue with the suppression."
Mutual aid at the scene included Stafford, Bethany, Batavia's Fast Team, Le Roy, Alexander, Lester, York, Perry, Perry Center and Wyoming.
Dougherty said due to the lack of public water in the area, Pavilion needed the assistance of several of the surrounding department's tankers and crews to help with the water supply.
Genesee County Emergency Services assisted at the scene and with the investigation.
Deputy Brad Mazur is assisting in the investigation.
A house fire is reported in Pavilion at 11039 River Road. Fire departments from Pavilion, Stafford, Bethany are responding along with the city's Fast Team. Le Roy firefighters will stand in at Pavilion's hall. A lot of smoke is showing. The location is off Route 63.
UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: More help is on the way from Alexander, Lester, York, Perry, Perry Center and Wyoming.
UPDATE 5:28 p.m.: Fire police from Le Roy are called to the scene for traffic control. Medics are also called, including some from Livingston County. The home is unoccupied.
UPDATE 5:36 p.m.: National Grid is called. Firefighters are trying to shut off the natural gas line now. Several minutes ago, a person described as the homeowner was said to be running up to the house on foot.
UPDATE 5:38 p.m.: At least a portion of the fire has been knocked down.
UPDATE 5:46 p.m.: As firefighters continue to battle the blaze, they are also on the scout for two cats and one kitten that live inside the house.
UPDATE 5:48 p.m.: One of the cats was seen running from the scene and the homeowner has been told this.
UPDATE 5:52 p.m.: With the exception of medics, all responders from Wyoming and Livingston counties are put back in service.
UPDATE 5:53 p.m.: The fire is out. Crews are outside the structure now, rehabing the scene. Alexander and York are also put back in service. Investigators can start their investigation.
UPDATE 6 p.m.: Stafford and Perry are released from the scene. The American Red Cross is called to provide assistance to the residents.
UPDATE 6:04 p.m.: As for the cats, one remains unaccounted for, one is hiding under the house and refuses to be coaxed out. One was rescued after it scampered away from the tumult.
UPDATE 6:08 p.m.: National Grid is on location to shut off the power.
Nicole Reilly was playing a game on her computer Monday afternoon when she heard a banging on her window and someone yelling.
"I had no idea what was going on," she said. "Justin looked out the window and said, ‘The house is on fire,’ so we just got out."
The fire, reported at 1:38 p.m., at 33 Pearl St., Batavia, displaced 10 residents and claimed the life of a 10-week-old chihuahua.
Two kittens and a cat were rescued, and while the garage was totally destroyed and the second floor apartment was heavily damaged, the structure is still standing.
However, owner Thomas J. Mazerbo is uncertain of the building's ultimate fate.
Mazerbo, had nothing but praise for the work of city firefighters, the police and Mercy EMS.
"With the response time, I appreciate everything that was done," Mazerbo said. "Everybody (fire, PD and EMS) was here fast. The important thing is nobody was hurt or injured."
The fire started in the garage and police took two people in for questioning. The two men may have been in the garage when the fire started.
The cause of the fire has not been released.
Chief Jim Maxwell said the garage was fully involved when Engine 12 and Ladder 15 arrived on scene, and there were already flames licking the rear of the structure, pushed toward the two-story apartment building by westerly winds.
"Our initial concern was to get some lines on the garage," Maxwell said. "We set up an unmanned master stream. The garage was pretty much written off when we got here, so our main concern was to make sure we didn't lose the house."
The garage and house were covered in asphalt shingles, which is a good fire retardant, Maxwell said, but once ignited, burn hot and fast.
The 10 residents included an elderly woman who was about to move into a single-story flat, Mazerbo said.
"We'll need to hurry up now and get that ready," he said.
Among the first people to report the fire was Jim Lucki, a Batavia resident, whose in-laws live next door. He was driving past the house when he saw the garage fire. He stopped, ran to the house, and alerted the people inside. He tried to get to the second floor, but the smoke was too heavy at that point, he said.
Once all of the residents were accounted for, the ones at the scene turned their attention to the safety of the animals. It wasn't until the fire was nearly out that a cat and two Persian Himalayan kittens, Samson and Sebastian, were rescued.
The deceased puppy was located in the second floor apartment a short time before fire crews went back in service.
Assisting at the scene were the Alexander and Elba volunteer fire departments as well as Emergency Services and the Red Cross.
PHOTOS: Top, Alexander 1st Assistant Chief Marshall Merle carries Sebastian to safety. Second photo, Stacy and Matthew Johnson with Samson, relived that he was rescued. Very bottom photo, fire investigators begin sifting through rubble in the garage in the hope of finding clues on how the fire started.
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A garage fire, with heavy smoke showing, is reported at 33 Pearl St. City fire is responding. It's now a second alarm.
UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: A responder on scene says the fire is fully involved. There are no people inside. There is some fire exposure to an adjacent structure. Alexander's Fast Team is called to the scene and the Town of Batavia will send a fire crew to fill in at the city station. Two mercy rigs are called in case needed.
UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Now they are saying people are believed to be still inside the structure on the second floor.
UPDATE 1:49 p.m.: Elba's "Cascade" is called to the scene.
UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: The fire has spread to the house. The location is between Franklin Street and Brooklyn Avenue.
UPDATE 1:53 p.m.: The fire inside has been knocked down.
UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: A truck at the site is also on fire.
UPDATE 2:05 p.m.: They've confirmed that there's no one inside the structure. National Grid is called to the scene.
UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: They checked for extension into the small attic. There is smoke and heat, but no flames.
UPDATE 2:16 p.m.: The Salvation Army is called to provide cold drinks at the scene.
UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: Power to the structure has been disconnected. The American Red Cross is called to provide housing for five adults.
UPDATE 2:28 p.m.: City command reports that the fire is under control.
UUPDATE 2:41 p.m.: Three cats and one puppy are unaccounted for. The three cats lived in the downstairs unit and the puppy lived in the upper apartment, where the fire extension occurred.
UPDATE 2:58 p.m.: The cats are actually kittens, and two of the three have been rescued.
UPDATE 3:07 p.m.: All three cats have been rescued -- only two were kittens. No word still on the pup.
UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: Residents of the building say more than five people lived there. They say five lived upstairs, three lived downstairs and two in the basement. The fire started in the garage. Two people are being interviewed at the police station.
UPDATE 3:27 p.m.: Town of Batavia and Elba are back in service, and so is East Pembroke, which filled in at the town's station.
UPDATE 4:03 p.m. (by Howard): As of about 20 minutes ago, the puppy had not been located. It's a 10-week-old chihuahua.
UPDATE 4:16 p.m. (by Howard): City building inspector requested to the scene.
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: Ladder 15 and Engine 12 are back in service. Others from city station remain at the scene to continue their investigation. The code enforcement officer is there. Regretably, the puppy was found. He didn't make it.