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December 9, 2017 - 5:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.

A caller reports seeing flames at the construction site at 4187 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia.

Town of Batavia fire dispatched to investigate.

UPDATE 5:39 p.m.: First responder: "Confirmed. Looks like a small fire."

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Fire must be out. Town assignment back in service.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: Another fire reported at the same location.

UPDATE 9:53 p.m.: Town of Batavia assignment back in service.

December 5, 2017 - 4:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, alexander, news.

A stove fire is reported at 3163 Stannard Road, Alexander.

Alexander fire, along with Town of Batavia's ladder truck and East Pembroke, dispatched.

December 2, 2017 - 8:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, notify, Le Roy, Pavilion.


No farm animals were lost in a barn fire at 8090 Black Street Road, Le Roy, this evening, though the barn was a total loss.

The fire was reported at 4:45 p.m. with flames showing and was fully involved when firefighters first arrived on scene.

Pavilion fire, along with Le Roy, Bethany and Stafford responded to the fire with medical aid backup provided by Le Roy ambulance. Emergency Service and the Sheriff's Office also assisted at the scene.

Crews were preparing to the leave the fire location at 8:30 p.m.

The fire is under investigation, but Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yaeger said investigators are looking at a parked tractor as a possible cause.

(initial report)











December 2, 2017 - 4:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Pavilion, notify.

A possible barn fire is reported at 8090 Black Street Road, Pavilion.

Pavilion fire and a ladder truck from Le Roy dispatched.

UPDATE 4:51 p.m.: Report of flames showing. Stafford and Bethany dispatched. Le Roy ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 5:29 p.m.: The fire is in a smaller, metal sided-barn on the property, not the large centuries-old structure also located there.

December 1, 2017 - 1:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, corfu, news, notify.


Smoke and flames are showing in a crawl space to the attic of 1772 Genesee St., Corfu.

Corfu fire along with Darien, East Pembroke, Pembroke and the City's Fast Team dispatched.

UPDATE(S) (By Billie) 1:17 p.m.: Second platoon called to city fire headquarters. A thermal imaging camera is requested.

UPDATE 1:21 p.m.: This is a one-story wood-frame structure.

UPDATE 1:33 p.m.: Responding units on the road told to come in non-emergency mode; staging area is on the south side of the address. All available interior manpower on scene called to fight the fire.

UPDATE 1:52 p.m.: Fire is under control; doing extensive overhaul.

UPDATE 1:53 p.m.: The fire appears to have been started by a hot water heater. Flames went up the walls into the attic. Firefighters are dousing hot spots now.


November 28, 2017 - 9:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, news, pembroke, notify.


A house fire is reported at 865 Gabbey Road, Town of Pembroke. Several callers to dispatch, including the homeowner and neighbors, report flames coming from the residence. The location is between Lyman and Marble roads.

It is four-unit apartment complex, with heavy fire on the east side and no exposures, says a first responder on scene, noting a fire hydrant is in front. All residents are out.

National Grid is called to the scene. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are called along with Darien, East Pembroke, Corfu, and Town of Batavia. Alabama is asked to send a tanker to the scene and a crew to fill in at Pembroke's Fire Hall. The city's Fast Team is also responding and its second platoon is to report to city headquarters.

UPDATE 9:56 p.m.: Pembroke command: "Fire knocked down; checking for extensions."

UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: Jamie Waff, chief of Pembroke Fire District, said shortly after 9 p.m. firefighters were called to a working house fire. When he arrived on scene the east side of the four-unit apartment building was engulfed in flames, which is where the "electrical bank" was located. But the fire had not spread upstairs. All tenants were out. Firefighters quickly made a "good attack" on the structure and were able to get out three pet cats who lived there. They knocked down the blaze and Waff said "very minimal damage" was done inside and minimal damage was sustained in the attack. Waff said, including stand-in and fill-in units, 10 fire companies responded. One tenant was not home at the time the fire broke out, but all residents will be displaced by the fire tonight. The county's Emergency Management Office is handling the situation. "The guys did an excellent job doing a knockdown on the second floor, pulling the ceilings down," Waff said.









November 20, 2017 - 12:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, pembroke, indian falls.

A fire is reported in a wall of the Log Cabin Restaurant, 1227 Gilmore Road, Indian Falls.

Pembroke fire, Indian Falls fire, and City of Batavia Fast Team dispatched.

UPDATE 12:09 p.m.: Corfu dispatched mutual aid. Also, it's possible the fire is out.

UPDATE 12:14 p.m.: City fire can go back in service. Newstead fire requested to the scene. Additional manpower needed from Pembroke and Indian Falls.

UPDATE 12:16 p.m.: Newstead canceled.

UPDATE 12:18  p.m.: Fire is out. It was an electrical outlet in the kitchen. Health Department response requested because an extinguisher was used.

UPDATE 12:29 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls back in service. The chief informs dispatch that staff was instructed not to use the kitchen until the Health Department inspector arrives.

November 16, 2017 - 11:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.

Residents at 43 Tracy Ave. report an unknown type explosion in their basement.

They've been advised to evacuate.

City fire responding.

UPDATE 11:56 a.m.: Possible furnace malfunction. No smoke or flames at this time. Investigating.

November 15, 2017 - 2:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Alabama, news, notify.


Investigators have yet to determine how a fire started Friday night that destroyed a barn and killed livestock at 1239 Judge Road in Alabama.

There was an initial report that somebody was seen running from the scene just before the fire broke out but Investigator Chad Minuto said no witnesses interviewed so far corroborates that story.

"We don't know where that report came from," he said.

Minuto said several interviews have been conducted and there are several more to take place to try and uncover what people know or saw. At the time, investigators from the county's Emergency Management Service are sifting through evidence to try and determine the cause and origin of the fire.

There is no evidence to emerge yet that the fire was intentionally set.

All of the horses and cows that were in the barn have been accounted for, Minuto said, but all of the rabbits, goats, and sheep, except either one goat or sheep, perished in the fire. That goat or sheep came out of the barn after the fire was out and Minuto said it's his understanding that animal may not be in good health.

November 12, 2017 - 7:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in bergen, fire, news.

Bergen fire along with Le Roy's ladder truck have been dispatched to a residence on Emily Court, Bergen, where smoke is reported in the residence; unknown cause.

There is reportedly a male in the house behaving strangely and refusing to leave. He is now reported outside the residence.

Law enforcement and Mercy EMS also dispatched.

A chief on scene reports there is no fire.

November 10, 2017 - 8:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, news, Alabama, notify.

A working barn fire, that a caller believes to be intentionally set, is reported at 1239 Judge Road in Alabama. The location is between Crosby and Alleghany roads. Flames are visible from Bloomingdale Road. Alabama Fire Department is responding. The third platoon is called to Alabama's headquarters.

UPDATE 10:13 p.m.: According to Sheriff's Deputy Richard Schildwaster, earlier this evening Alabama Fire Department was dispatched for a working barn fire; several agencies were also dispatched, including the Genesee County Sheriff's Office and the Emergency Management Office.

"There was a report that came over dispatch (of a fire suspicious in nature) but nothing to led to that conclusion," Schildwaster said, adding that "nobody was seen leaving." He said the investigators were in the "very preliminary, very early stages of investigation." He noted that "we do believe there is loss of life (livestock) in the barn." Also, although there was initially a report of minor burns to a human, no subsequent reports of that appear valid.

UPDATE Saturday, 1:04 a.m.: Photos added.










November 7, 2017 - 11:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news, notify.

A smoke detector in the room of 66-year-old Lance Dery did not have a battery in it at the time a fire broke out at the Sunset Motel on West Main Street Road, Batavia, Saturday, according to a Sheriff's Office investigator.

Dery was found dead in the motel room when firefighters arrived at the fire scene. The fire had not spread and was confined to Dery's room. The cause of the fire appears to be a cigarette in the bed, though an autopsy has yet to be completed so officials don't know yet if Dery suffered a medical condition or died as a result of the fire, said Investigator Chris Parker.

As to the smoke detector, fire inspector and code compliance officer for the Town of Batavia, Mathew Mahaney, said the investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued.

"As of right now, the Town of Batavia has no outstanding building or zoning violations associated with the property," Mahaney said. "We are waiting for the investigation to be completed so that we can follow up. We will follow up on similar occupancies to ensure that all places of business are complying with all procedures for life safety."

The Batavian's news partner WBTA contributed to this report.

November 4, 2017 - 4:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire, news, notify.

Press release:

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire that occurred at an area motel this morning.

At 8:57 a.m. today the Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center received a report of a fire at the Sunset Motel, located at 4054 W. Main Street Road (Route 5) in the Town of Batavia. Crews from the Town of Batavia Fire Department arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire quickly, keeping the fire contained to one room.

The occupant of the room, Lance Dery -- age 66, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Dery was smoking in his bed, which ignited the blankets and mattress.

Coronor Karen Lang directed Dery be taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy.

The investigation is continuing by the Town of Batavia Fire Department, Genesee County Emergency Management Office and the Sheriff's Office.

(For initial post, click here.)

November 4, 2017 - 9:08am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia, news, notify.

A working structure fire was reported at the Sunset Motel at 4054 W. Main Street Road, Batavia. It started in Room #6 Correction: It was not Room 6. A first responder on scene said the doorknob is hot to the touch.

Town of Batavia Fire Department responded. Fire was immediately knocked down. There is one occupant in the room.

UPDATED 9:09 a.m.: Mercy medics squad #1 is on scene.

UPDATE 9:13 a.m.: "An ambulance won't be needed per command."

UPDATE 10:12 a.m. (By Howard): One person was found deceased in the motel room when firefighters made entry. An investigation has yet to determine if the victim died before the fire started or as a result of the fire. It was a small fire said Town of Batavia Fire Deputy Chief Chad Higgins. "I pulled in on location," Higgins said, "went to the door, the door was hot, tried to make entry through the door, there was too much smoke. Our first engine company was right behind me. They made entry, found one victim, a small fire ...  the fire had pretty much already snuffed itself out. Once we opened the door, we gave it a little more oxygen but we were able to knock the fire down with an extinguisher, so it wasn't a very big fire." Information about the victim isn't being released pending family notification. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

November 3, 2017 - 3:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.

A residence on Hutchins Street in the city is being evacuated after the caller reported the stove was malfunctioning and there was an odor of chemicals in the house.

City fire responding.

UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: City Fire back in service.

November 3, 2017 - 2:44am
posted by Billie Owens in news, east pembroke, fire.

Smoke in the residence is reported at 9430 Ridge Road, East Pembroke. East Pembroke Fire Department is responding and mutual aid from Darien and Corfu is requested.

The cause is a possible lightning strike at the residence. A first responder reports debris in the roadway and advises responders to approach with caution. Code enforcement is requested; there appears to be electrical damage inside the residence.

UPDATE 2:46 a.m.: A thermal camera will be used to try and detect heat in the walls.

UPDATE 2:59 a.m.: The code enforcement officer has a 30-minute ETA.

UPDATE 3:13 a.m.: Corfu is back in service.

October 31, 2017 - 1:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Alabama.

A possible house fire is reported at 1749 Judge Road, Alabama.

The homeowner reports a fire in the wall.

Alabama fire along with East Pembroke dispatched.

UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: All units can respond non-emergency. Alabama command believes the fire is knocked down.

October 25, 2017 - 6:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.


City fire responded this evening to a semi-truck fire at 317 Ellicott St., Batavia.

The fire was quickly extinguished.

Photos by Frank Capuano.



October 22, 2017 - 2:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, bergen, news.

A structure fire was reported at 8524 Peachy Road, Bergen, but a chief on scene reports the fire has been knocked down.

Overhaul and ventilation starting.

The initial fire call was for a dryer with smoke coming from it.

Bergen fire and Le Roy fire were dispatched.

October 14, 2017 - 11:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire, news.

An apartment fire is reported at 404 Ellicott St.

City fire is responding.

UPDATE 11:57 p.m.: Burnt food. 


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