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Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Possible fire reported on Tountas Avenue, Le Roy

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A possible strucutre fire is reported at 3 Tountas Ave. in Le Roy. There is said to be the odor of something electrical burning. Yet an emergency responder who was just at that address said he could smell nothing unusual there, only the smell of food cooking.

Le Roy and Bergen fire departments are responding. One unit on scene reports nothing showing. They are going to scan the building with a thermal camera.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Bergen is told to return to service. No other Le Roy units will be needed. The location is the family care clinic. An interior crew is leaving the inside after finding nothing with the imaging camera.

UPDATE 1:14 p.m.: The firefighters are going to use ladders and look into the attic.

UPDATE 1:23 p.m.: Nothing hazardous found. Le Roy is back in service.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

A child playing with fire likely cause of Maple Street blaze

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire

A child playing with fire is the most likely cause of a blaze that gutted the second floor of an apartment building at 26 Maple St., Batavia, on Friday.

According to Lt. Jay Steinbrenner of the Batavia City Fire Department, the physical evidence and the version of events given by the mother are consistent and the fire will officially be deemed accidental.

It's unknown if the child was playing with matches or a lighter.

The names of the occupants of the three unit complex are not yet available.

The mother burned her hand trying to grab a pillow that had been set on fire so she could throw it out of the apartment.

When she couldn't successfully deal with the fire herself, she evacuated her children from the apartment and then called 9-1-1.

Heavy smoke and some flames were already billowing out of the second-floor windows by the time the first firefighters arrived on scene at about 1:30 p.m.

Steinbrenner said that one firefighter observed upon entering the building, "It's a big fire real quick."

The upstairs rooms were filled with thick black smoke when firefighters entered through northside door.

The wind was from the south, so smoke and flames were being blown in the opposite direction. Firefighters needed to push the blaze -- they wanted to push it toward the southside windows, which would give them the best chance to save as much of the structure as possible.

In all, Steinbrenner said, he thought the city crews did a good job of accomplishing their goal.

Though the building was razed, the first floor remained structurally sound and the two downstairs occupants were able to recover almost all of their personal belongings.

"The fire was contained to the second floor," Steinbrenner said. "I thought we did a good job. The tenants downstairs were able to salvage their possessions. There was very little damage downstairs, just water damage."

Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Photos: House fire at 26 Maple St., Batavia

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A three-unit apartment building at 26 Maple St., Batavia, was destroyed today by a raging inferno that consumed the upper floor of the building shortly after 1:30 p.m.

The tenants of all three units -- a mother with three children, a mother with two children and a single male -- were home when the fire erupted and all residents, including children, escaped the blaze.

One woman suffered burns on her hands.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

What remains of the structure will be demolished this evening.

The mothers with children are being assisted by Red Cross.

The property is owned by Thomas Snyder and was assessed at $80,000.

Retired firefighter Frank Capuano said he remembers that when he was a child the building was a grocery store / corner market.

All city fire platoons were called to the scene, with mutual aid from Town of Batavia and Elba fire departments, and Oakfield filling in at the city station. Mercy EMS provided medical and rehab support.

No firefighters were injured.

UPDATE 6:16 p.m.: Chief Jim Maxwell said the fire has been ruled accidental. No further information is being released at this time.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

House fire on Maple Street in the city

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A house fire is reported at 26 Maple St. in the City of Batavia. Evans Street is shut down at Watson Street. City firefighters are on scene.

UPDATE 1:36 p.m.: Two Mercy rigs are requested to the scene.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: Maple Street is shut down at Thorpe.

UPDATE 1:39 p.m.: A Fast Team from the Town of Batavia is called in as well as a town crew to fill in at the city's fire hall. A female with burned hands is waiting for treatment at the corner of Evans and Maple. The second floor of the structure is fully involved.

UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: Mutual aid from the Town of Elba is on scene. There's a vehicle at the scene that needs to be moved (the owner of vehicle's wife works at the warehouse/transfer facility on Ganson Avenue, but they don't have the owner's name. He was seen walking down Maple).

UPDATE 1:52 p.m.: The inside fire is knocked down. They are starting rehab of the fire scene. A rep. for National Grid is called and will be there shortly. Now they are calling for a fill-in at the city station from Oakfield. The city's third platoon is called to the scene. The house is the light brown (or dark tan) two-story at the corner of Evans and Maple, across the street from the church.

UPDATE 2:01: An adult female with first- and second-degree burns to her hands is being transported to UMMC. The National Grid rep. is on scene.

UPDATE 2:09 p.m.: There's fire in the ceiling above a first-floor bedroom and they are going to break into the ceiling to put it out. Oakfield is in the city's fire hall.

UPDATE 2:23 p.m.: Fire under control.

UPDATE 2:37 p.m.: A National Fuel rep. is called to the scene.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: The American Red Cross is called to come to the aid of a mother and her three children. There are other occupants who live in the home, but they have not yet determined other information about them.

UPDATE 2:59 p.m.: The other family who lives in the house is "all set" and will apparently not require Red Cross assistance.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: The building owner is on scene.

UPDATE 3:34 p.m.: Elba firefighters are back in service.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Red Cross is on location. City fire crews are rolling up their hoses and preparing to leave the scene.

UPDATE 4:02 p.m.: Mutual aid responders from the Town of Batavia Fire Department are back in service.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: The structure will be demolished this evening.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Possible fire in the area of Old Creek Road and Cookson Road, Alexander

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An unknown type of fire has been reported in the area of Old Creek Road and Cookson Road in the Town of Alexander.

Alexander Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: It appears to be a controlled burn.

UPDATE 8:37 p.m.: The fire is at 9519 Old Creek Road. Alexander will extinguish the fire.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

Field fire reported off Route 20, Alexander

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A field fire is reported in the area of 2757 Route 20, Alexander.

Alexander Fire Department dispatched.

A passerby reports that it looks like a controlled burn that has now spread.

UPDATE 10:12 a.m.: A brush truck from Darien was requested, but a chief on scene now requests that Darien stand by in quarters.

UPDATE 10:16 a.m.: Darien back in service. One Alexander unit canceled.

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Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Grass fire on Woodland Drive, Batavia

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A "very small" grass fire is reported at 13 Woodland Drive in the Town of Batavia, which has its fire department on scene.

UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: The fire is out.
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Tractor fire on Dorman Road, Batavia

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A tractor fire is reported at 9322 Dorman Road in the Town of Batavia, which has its fire department responding. It is not near any structures.

UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: The fire is out. All units returning to service.

UPDATE: Joe Valone, owner of Pheasants on the Flats, was mowing his property this afternoon when he looked down and saw flames popping out from his engine compartment. He tried to extinguish the fire himself, but couldn't. By the time firefighters arrived, the entire compartment was engulfed in flames. The tractor is a 1957 Ford that Valone had restored about two years ago.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Vehicle fire on the eastbound Thruway

post by Billie Owens in batavia, fire, Le Roy

A vehicle fire is reported on the eastbound Thruway between mile marker 375 and 378. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Le Roy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:26 p.m.: It's a white Ford Escort. UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: Le Roy medics are back in service. There were flames coming from the vehicle, now there's just some smoke, and they're watering it down to cool it off.

Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

Shed fire on Martin Road, Alabama

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A fully involved shed fire with exposure to a residence is reported at 245 Martin Road, near the intersection with Bloomingdale Road in Alabama. Alabama Fire Department is responding. Akron is responding because it had somebody already at the scene. Indian Falls is standing by in their hall. The shed is about 10 by 15 square feet.

UPDATE 7:42 a.m.: The fire has been knocked down. Firefighters are checking for any extensions.

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