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February 4, 2016 - 5:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, fire.

A caller reports that an oxygen tank may have exploded, burning a victim, in an apartment at Le Roy Meadows Apartments, 18 Genesee St., Le Roy.

The fire is reported to be out.

Le Roy fire and Le Roy ambulance responding.

UPDATE 5:39 a.m.: Bergen requested to stand by in quarters.

UPATE 5:46 a.m.: Code enforcement requested to the scene.

UPDATE 5:53 a.m.: Bergen can go back in service.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: Press release from Le Roy PD on the incident:

At Approximately 5:28 a.m., emergency services were called to the Le Roy Meadows Apartments B-11 Apt-C, Le Roy, for an explosion that occurred inside the apartment. It was determined that a small explosion occurred when the occupant attempted to light a cigarette while connected to a supplemental oxygen source. The Le Roy Police Officer on location advised there was no active fire but there was smoke inside the apartment. The 58-year-old occupant suffered burns to his face and possibly abdomen and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by Le Roy ambulance. There did not appear to be significant damage to the structure.

January 25, 2016 - 11:05am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia.

City firefighters on are scene at Woodstock Gardens Apartments where they responded to a report of smoke in Apartment #24. They found a smoking pan of food on the stove and no one home. They removed it from the apartment. They are ventilating. The complex is located at 219 N. Spruce St.

UPDATE 11:29 a.m.: Command reports no damage to the apartment. The assignment is back in service.

January 20, 2016 - 12:17pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia.

A possible commerical building fire is reported at 12 Center St. The smell of smoke is said to be in the building and smoke is reportedly visible in the office. City fire is responding. The location is an accounting office next to Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle.

UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: A responder on scene says its possibly a wood-burning stove; no fire found. Continuing to investigate. 

January 18, 2016 - 10:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, walmart, batavia.

A manager tells a deputy on scene that he's seen smoke from a possible fire in a wall at Walmart.

The alarm originally came in as a pull station activation.

A first responder reports the possible electrical fire may be out.

Town of Batavia fire was dispatched.

January 16, 2016 - 3:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Bethany.

A utility pole is reportedly on fire in the area of 5769 Ellicott Street Road, Bethany.

Bethany fire responding.

January 13, 2016 - 8:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Pavilion, Le Roy.

A fully involved garage fire is reported at 10231 Perry Road. It is attached to a house. Pavilion and Le Roy fire departments are responding. The location is between Heffer and Telephone roads.

UPDATE 8:26 p.m.: This is now a working house fire. Stafford is also called to the scene and asked to provide a crew to fill in at Pavilion's fire hall. Bethany Fire Department is also called to respond.

UPDATE 9:01 p.m.: Fire police are called to Route 20 (Telephone Road) and Perry Road for traffic control and/or to close the roadway to northbound traffic.

UPDATE 9:42 p.m.: Joel Murcin, who owns the property, said he was charging a battery for a skid-steer loader and had gone out to buy a new battery. When he returned, he went to check on the battery that was being charged. "I was either going to put the new battery in or try to start it," Murcin said. "When I went to take the clamps off the battery from the charger, it was arcing -- almost like welding sparks -- and the rubber hose or rubber coating or whatever was burning." There was no fire extinguisher around, "so I ran up and got one out of the garage and by the time I got halfway down the hill I could see flames, orange inside there, so I just stopped. And in the meantime, while I'm doing all this, I called 9-1-1 to tell them it was fully going and helped keep (dispatchers) updated." Murcin lives at 10235 Perry Road with his wife and 3-year-old daughter, who stayed inside their house. No one was harmed. The house where the fire occured, at 10231 Perry Road, was built in 2009. The family lived there for seven years while their current place, adjacent to it, was being built.

UPDATE 10 p.m.: Pavilion Fire Chief Sean Vogt said firefighters responded to a reported garage fire and that quickly went a second alarm for a fully involved structure fire. When they arrived they found "heavy fire coming out of every window and door." Cold weather and an uphill, ice-covered driveway challenged the seven crews that responded.

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January 10, 2016 - 6:51am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

City fire crews are at a house on Clinton Street where they just extinguished a "a big porch fire." They are checking for extensions. A second platoon was asked to report to fire headquarters. Didn't hear the exact address. 

UPDATE 7:13 a.m.: Code enforcement requested to the scene. 

UPDATE 8:11 a.m.: Clinton Street assignment back in service. Estimated $2,500 damage. The cause was an overheated light fixture.

January 7, 2016 - 8:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Stafford.

A working fire is reported at the Brigman Apartments at 6275 E. Main Road, Stafford. Several calls have been made to dispatch and flames are now through the roof. It is believed to have started in a rear apartment. It's gone to a second alarm. Stafford Fire Department is responding along with Le Roy, Town of Batavia, the City's FAST Team, Pavilion, and South Byron. South Byron is also requested to provide a crew to stand by in Stafford's fire hall.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m.: The third platoon is called to city fire headquarters.

UPDATE 8:52 p.m.: A witness at the scene reports seeing no flames or smoke at this time and believes the fire may be out.

UPDATE 9:14 p.m. (by Howard): The fire seems to have been caused by faulty insulation installation around a water heater. There were flames showing when firefighters arrived on scene. The attic had some damage. The structure was saved.

January 4, 2016 - 3:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bethany.

A possible rekindle of last night's house fire at 1137 Molasses Hill Road is reported. That's at the corner of Chaddock Road in Bethany. Bethany Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: A responder to the scene determined there was no rekindle. The assignment is back in service.

January 3, 2016 - 6:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bethany, alexander.

A fire is reported at an unoccupied house (People live there, but they aren't home.) at 1137 Molasses Hill Road at the corner of Chaddock Road. Flames are showing. It has gone to a second alarm. Alexander Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from the Town of Batavia, Town of Batavia's FAST Team, Bethany, Darien and Pavilion. Darien is also asked to fill in at Alexander's fire hall.

UPDATE 6:23 p.m.: A first responder on scene reports the location is probably in Bethany's fire district.

UPDATE 6:26 p.m.: Attica is also called to respond. A propane tank is exposed to the fire.

UPDATE 6:37 p.m.: Stafford is asked to fill in at Bethany's fire hall. Command says the flames have gone through the second floor of the structure.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m.: All tankers responding are told to come to the scene via Silver Road. That's Silver Road to Chaddock.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m.: Fire is out. Overhauling. Wyoming Correctional Facility requested to provide inmates for assistance. Mercy medics on scene in case needed.

UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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January 2, 2016 - 6:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in Darien, fire.

Darien Fire Department is called to respond to the possible rekindle of the trailer fire at 9590 Simonds Road, on the Miller dairy farm.

December 31, 2015 - 12:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien.

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A fully involved trailer fire that is next to a barn is reported at 9590 Simonds Road, Darien. That's the Miller farm. A person was injured jumping out of a window because of the fire. Darien Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from Corfu and Alexander. Mercy medic #4 is called to the scene.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: A first responder on scene reports half the trailer is burned. Everyone is out of the structure, which is adjacent to a large barn. The patient has lacerations to his right hand and arm and is inside the residence at the farm.

UPDATE 12:19 p.m.: A crew from East Pembroke is requested to fill in at Corfu's fire hall.

UPDATE 1:09 p.m.: An employee at the dairy farm, Jamie Mitman, said an employee was sleeping inside the trailer and told her that "he woke up, smelled smoke, panicked and jumped out the window. ... Cut up his hand pretty good -- (to the extent) where he'd need stitches." Jeff Lucker, Darien's first assistant chief, said when he arrived the mobile home was 50-percent involved with flames showing in half the structure. The man who jumped out the window was not seriously injured, Lucker said, and he was transported by private vehicle to a hospital for treatment of cuts and abrasions to his arms, legs and hands. Alden Fire Department filled in at Darien's hall. Fighting this type of fire typically requires a low volume of water and is straightforward, which was the case here, Lucker said, adding that "It's probably fortunate that today is New Year's Eve so that a lot of people are at home and not at work and so we got a quick response."

UPDATE 1:56 p.m.: Fire is out. All units are clearing the scene.

UPDATE 3:27 p.m.: A Darien crew is asked to assemble to deal with a small rekindle of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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December 22, 2015 - 9:46am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, elba.

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A house fire with smoke and flames showing is reported at 4478 Lockport Road in Elba. There is also a propane tank out front. The location is between North Byron and Quaker Hill roads. Elba Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding, along with mutual aid from Oakfield, Stafford, Bergen, Byron and South Byron.

UPDATE 9:47 a.m.: Lockport Road is being shut down at Quaker Hill Road and at Oak Orchard Road.

UPDATE 9:52 a.m.: Town of Batavia is requested to fill in at Elba's fire hall.

UPDATE 9:57 a.m.: National Grid is called to the scene.

UPDATE 10:14 a.m.: Fire is out. The chief says looks like the fire may have started in the living room. Beginning investigation. Mercy medics are back in service.

UPDATE 10:16 a.m.: Some mutual aid responders being put back in service.

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December 20, 2015 - 1:31am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia.

A house fire is reported at 5 Thomas Ave. 

City firefighters are responding.

UPDATE 1:49 a.m.: No smoke or flames showing, although there was a fire at this apartment building, which has been evacuated. Firefighters are dismantling a portion of the front porch looking for any extention.

UPDATE 2:05 a.m.: There were flames showing when firefighters arrived on scene. Ten residents were evacuated by firefighters, including an infant who was carried from an apartment by a firefighter. Some of the residents were taken in by neighbors, others were still outside watching. The cause is under investigation. It will be up to a city building inspector to determine whether the residents can return to their apartments tonight.

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December 19, 2015 - 1:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia.

A vehicle fire is reported in the rear lot of Batavia Downs.

Flames are showing.

Town of Batavia Fire dispatched.

December 19, 2015 - 12:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy.

The Yellow Goose convenience store, 1110 W. Main St., Le Roy, is reportedly charged with smoke.

It's a possible electrical fire.

A Le Roy fire chief is on scene. 

Le Roy fire is responding with mutual aid from Bergen.

December 16, 2015 - 9:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia.

A possible structure fire is reported at 318 E. Main St., Batavia.

Heavy smoke is reported in the kitchen of Apt. #4.

The building is being evacuated.

City fire is dispatched.

UPDATE 9:40 p.m.: Electrical issue. Residents can return to their apartments.

December 3, 2015 - 3:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke.

A possible structure fire is reported at 8979 Wilkinson Road, East Pembroke. The house is said to be filled with smoke although no flames are visible. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding, along with an engine from Town of Batavia, as mutual aid.

UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: All available manpower from East Pembroke Fire Department is called to respond to the confirmed, working structure fire. Also called to the scene are Darien, Oakfield and Alexander fire departments. Pembroke is asked to fill in at East Pembroke's fire hall.

UPDATE 3:39 p.m.: Elba Fire Department is asked to fill in at Town of Batavia Fire Station #1.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m.: Fire is out.

December 1, 2015 - 1:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, fire, Le Roy, Kyle Johnson.
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Based on information obtained from sources, we believe the suspect is in this photo, standing near the front of the Sheriff's patrol vehicle with the lights on. The photo was taken at 7:09 a.m. with a 300mm lens and has been enlarged substantially for publication. We were told the suspect wandered around the area of the roadway and his home while officers tried to talk him into surrendering. Shortly after this photo was taken, SWAT teams arrived. The suspect surrendered at about 8:10 a.m., we are told.

 

A Selden Road resident who is suspected of murdering a neighbor early this morning in Le Roy and setting his own home ablaze was taunting the police once they arrived on scene, according to a witness.

"Did you see what I did to my house?" the witness said the man told police. "Just shoot me."

Sheriff's deputies and Village of Le Roy police, along with Mercy EMS, were dispatched to 7421 Selden Road just after 4 a.m. after dispatchers received a report of a person being shot in the face. About 10 minutes later, Le Roy fire along with the Bergen Fire Department were dispatched to 7324 Selden Road for a structure fire with flames showing. Shortly thereafter, Stafford and Pavillion fire departments were called to provide mutual aid.

At first, there was no indication the two incidents were related, but when the first assistant chief for Le Roy fire, accompanied by the department's safety officer and a chief from a mutual aid company arrived on scene, along with a patrol from Le Roy, the suspect reportedly turned his shotgun on the responders and opened fire.

None of the responders were hit and they made a quick exit from the area, with the chief informing dispatchers they had been fired on and to hold back all responding units.

The chief was pretty shaken and returned to the fire hall a short time later, said 2nd Assistant Chief Tom Wood.

"We actually never got told there were any shots fired or the second incident was happening, so we responded as a normal incident," Wood said.

It's unclear if the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was firing indiscriminately or deliberately targeting either firefighters or police.

Wood said it appeared to the firefighters the gun was pointed at them.

"When they got on scene they saw the individual and he pointed the gun in their direction, or the direction of the police, and, I believe, fired two or three rounds at them," Wood said. "Nobody was hit, but it was definitely scary."

It was a tense time for Jon Marcello and his family, who moved from the village to Selden Road in July. He said he spoke to his neighbor, the suspect, for the first time a couple of weeks ago. The suspect, he said, placed a no trespassing sign in his front yard because he was going through a divorce and he didn't know who his ex-wife might had given keys to.

"He was concerned about other people coming into the house and on the property," Marcello said.

When Marcello saw a fire burning outside this neighbor's house, he went outside to investigate. He then heard two gunshots. A police officer told him to get back in his house. He said he and his wife and his two small children, who are too young to have comprehended what was going on, sheltered upstairs.

"It's certainly concerning when you see him walking down the street and on our property with a shotgun, SWAT teams all around telling him to put the gun down and he wasn't complying," Marcello said. "He was actually taunting them telling them to shoot him. I don't know if it was a suicide mission, or what."

The suspect surrendered about 8:10 a.m.

The name of the victim has not yet been officially released.

No other injuries have been reported in connection with the incident.

The incident was troubling for the volunteers who responded to the scene, Wood said. Even though nobody has forgotten what happened in Webster, where firefighters were shot and killed responding to a fire, on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago, it's still not something you expect to happen here. Wood said he doesn't know how you prepare or train for such unexpected violence.

"It's scary," Wood said. "We don't know how to deal with stuff like this. We're a small rural department and all volunteer."

The Sheriff's Office has scheduled a press conference at 2 p.m. about the incident.

Previously: Person reportedly shot at residence in Town of Le Roy

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The residence of the shooting victim.

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Tom Wood speaking with members of the media.

December 1, 2015 - 6:46am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, bergen.

A grass fire is reported in the area of North Lake and Creamery roads. Bergen Fire Department is responding.

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