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January 30, 2011 - 5:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire.

A chimney fire is reported at a structure located at 6719 North Bergen Road.

Byron, South Byron and Bergen fire departments are called to the scene. Elba Fire Department is told to stand in at Bergen's headquarters.

A firefighter on scene says no flames are showing. Units told to respond nonemergency.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: Using a thermal imaging camera and evaluating the situation, the fire chief says he's found "nothing over 100 degrees from the chimney up through the roofline."

UPDATE 6:19 p.m.: Fire units are being returned to service.

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January 21, 2011 - 4:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, alexander, Darien.

A chimney fire has been reported at 2225 Bennett Road, Alexander.

The location is just east of Simmons Road.

Darien Fire, all equipment, with one tanker from Alexander and one from Corfu, requested to the scene.

Mercy EMS also dispatched.

UPDATE 4:34 p.m.: Chief on scene says, "no smoke showing."

UPDATE 4:37 p.m.: Fire appears out. A thermal camera is requested.
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January 19, 2011 - 3:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.


A fire alarm has sounded at the Walmart on Veterans Memorial Drive. A caller reports the meat case in the grocery section is smoking, but no fire is present.

Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding.

No announcement about evacuating the store has been mentioned on the scanner, but pedestrian traffic at the scene is said to be heavy.

"There's definately the odor of electrical smoke," says a firefighter.

The meat cooler is on the west side of building. Responders say they may need to dismantle the meat case to reach the source of the problem.

The firefighters are asking for a thermal imaging camera and other appropriate equipment.

UPDATE 3:07 p.m.: A firefighter says there's definately an electrical fire in either the cooling or lighting element in the meat cooler. They are working to isolate the problem.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: More manpower is called to the scene. A firefighter says the problem is in the lighting element. They have "shut down the main power to the whole building." They want a couple of people to get shopping carts and go to the meat cooler and load them up with product so as to cut Walmart's loss. They are going to use "CO," chemicals, to fight the fire. They want tarps to protect surfaces. They are working to isolate the lighting breakers so other power in the store can be restored.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: They are working with management to contact an electrician to go to the scene.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: A local contractor has been called and is en route. Meanwhile, the state Department of Agriculture and Markets has been notified, per protocol when food products are involved in a fire emergency.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: The state Department of Health has also been notified and will be in touch with Walmart management.

January 15, 2011 - 6:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, thruway.

A car is reportedly on fire on the Thruway near mile marker 397.4.

It appears the car is in an eastbound lane, though at least a couple of callers have said westbound.

East Pembroke Fire is responding.

UPDATE 6:37 p.m.: A chief on scene reports a fully involved car fire.

January 14, 2011 - 11:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

The courthouse at 1 W. Main St. has been evacuated because of a fire alarm.

The alarm may be related to construction.

City Fire arriving on scene.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: There was no fire. False alarm. City fire is back in service. People are back inside the building. (Didn't hear when the scene was cleared.)

January 13, 2011 - 1:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire.

A Ferrellgas truck is reportedly on fire in the westbound lane of Route 490, possibly between exits 2 and 3.

The driver is out of the vehicle, which carries liquified petroleum. Bergen Fire Department is en route.

Monroe County has advised they have dispatched fire crews from Churchville and Chili in an effort to locate the truck.

UPDATE 1:27 p.m.: The Bergen tanker is returned to service. The incident is being handled by Churchville and Chili fire department crews.

January 12, 2011 - 5:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, pembroke.

A truck is on fire in the driveway of a house at 8077 Marble Road in Pembroke. It is close to other vehicles, the garage and the residence.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding. Akron is asked to stand by in its fire hall. The location is between Gabbey and Akron roads, but closer to Akron Road, across from Larry's Greenhouses.

UPDATE 5:44 p.m.: The fire appears to be out. Akron is asked to stand down. The call is being limited to the tanker en route, non-emergency mode.

January 11, 2011 - 2:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

A possible fire is reported inside the West End Mobile Home Park, located at 4016 West Main St. Road in the Town of Batavia.

The mobile home is near Lot 19. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding.

The caller said there was smoke and/or steam coming from the trailer, which is unlocked and no one is home.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Fire officials are requesting a code enforcement officer to go to the scene.

UPDATE 2:48 p.m.: Nothing found. The fire engine is returning to service. But a fireman is staying at the scene until the code enforcement officer arrives.

January 7, 2011 - 11:50am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

A stove fire is reported at 44 N. Lyon St. in the City of Batavia.

"The caller is pretty excited and they're told to get out of the house," says a dispatcher.

City firefighters are en route.

UPDATE 11:53 a.m.: The resident has put out the fire and the firefighters are investigating the incident.

January 5, 2011 - 5:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in video, fire, Darien.

This video of yesterday's fire in Darien was posted on YouTube by a retired firefighter who runs Erie County's Firewire web site.

January 4, 2011 - 7:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien.

Route 20 from Harlow Road to Route 77 is now open. For several hours, that portion of the roadway was closed to fight a house fire on Route 20 near Warner Road. Darien Fire Department is clearing the scene. All units are back in service.

January 4, 2011 - 6:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Darien.


The last hots spots are being extinguished and fire crews are just being put back in service following a house fire at 1081 Broadway, Darien, that was reported at about 1:35 p.m.

The homeowner, a single occupant, Diane Allison, was not hurt in the fire, though her home was destroyed.

There's no word yet on how the fire started, but the point of origin appears to be somewhere at the rear of the house.

Eight fire departments from Genesee and Erie counties responded, along with Mercy EMS, the Sheriff's Office, State Police and Genesee Emergency Services.

A driver who reportedly drove his car into a parked fire tanker was not injured in the accident.

Allison had cats in the house, but no word yet on their fate.

Route 20 should reopen within 30 minutes.

More pictures after the jump:

January 4, 2011 - 1:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, alexander, Darien, corfu.

There is a house on fire at 1081 Broadway Road, across from Warner Road, in Darien, according to a call to dispatch.

Alexander fire, along with Darien and Corfu are en route. It has gone to a second alarm.

A City of Batavia Fast Team is also called along with Mercy EMS. Bennington and Attica fire are also called.

UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: Traffic is being shut down at Route 20 and Harlow Road and at routes 20 and 77.

UPDATE 1:58 p.m.: National Grid is called. Corfu advised to muster all available manpower.

UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: The American Red Cross is called in to provide aid to one individual.

UPDATE 2:35 p.m.: "A car blew through the intersection at Harlow Road (which is closed to traffic at Route 20) and right into the back of him," says a firefighter. A car rear-ended a water tanker truck, creating more havoc and one less tanker at the fire. Mercy EMS at the fire scene are handling the incident. No word on injuries.

UPDATE 4:27 p.m. (by Howard): Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yaeger just notified dispatch that Route 20 will be closed for at least another two hours. Right after, a truck got through the road block due to a "miscommunication" and a trooper is helping it make a three-point turn. 

Also, the homeowner, Diane Allison is upset, displaced, but physically OK. Allison was worried about her cats and fire crews have started looking for them.

Eight fire companies responded to the scene. 

I'll have pictures later.

January 2, 2011 - 12:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, fire.

A trailer fire is reported in the area of Oak Orchard and Hundredmark roads. Elba Fire Department is called -- all manpower and equipment to the scene. Medics are also responding

UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: Injuries are minor.

December 26, 2010 - 4:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, corfu, east pembroke.

A fire is reported in a detached garage on Angling Road, near Read Road in East Pembroke. The garage is part of property at 8670 Read Road.

Heavy smoke is coming from the garage eaves.

East Pembroke and Corfu fire departments are responding, along with Mercy EMS.

UPDATE 4:51 p.m.: All traffic is being shut down at Read and Angling roads as well as West Avenue and Angling Road.

UPDATE 5:27 p.m.: The fire is out. The chief says the fire probably started due to an electrical malfunction in a vehicle parked inside.

December 25, 2010 - 11:46am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

The odor of smoke is coming from a four-apartment structure at 25 Vine St. in the city.

City fire department is on scene. A firefighter says nothing is showing, but they are investigating.

One woman has been evacuated. She said she was not sure if anyone else was at home in the other three apartments.

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: After investigating the building, nothing was found amiss and units are returned to service.

December 20, 2010 - 5:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Attica, fire.

Fire departments from Genesee County are being dispatched to the Village of Attica for a structure fire at 209 Exchange Street.

The building is a commercial structure.

Alexander, Darien, Bethany and Town of Batavia are either being dispatched to the scene or being called in for back up of dispatched departments.

December 19, 2010 - 12:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, corfu.

A neighbor has reported a possible chimney fire at 1764 Main Road, Corfu.

The caller stated there was heavy black smoke coming from the chimney.

A chief on scene says the smoke has "calmed down" and nobody appears to be home.

East Pembroke fire and one tanker from Corfu are called in along with Mercy EMS.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.: Corfu engine told to stand by at its hall.

UPDATE 12:54 p.m.: Firefighters need to make entry into the house. The house is clear, but the wood stove is in the basement and they can't see into the basement.

UPDATE 12:59 p.m.: Homeowner reached by mobile phone. He said the smoke is normal for the stove. He had just stoked it up before he left. East Pembroke Fire back in service.

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December 17, 2010 - 6:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, alexander.

A two-story house fire is reported in Alexander at 3971 Broadway Road -- Route 20.

The location is between Brown's Mill and Telephone roads.

Alexander Fire Department is responding, along with a ladder truck and tanker from the Town of Batavia.

East Pembroke and Darien will also be helping or on standby. Other mutual aid companies are en route or at the ready also, including Bethany, Stafford, Pavilion and Attica.

It has gone to a second alarm. The initial call reported a barn fire.

Responders are asking for the Sheriff's Department to shut down part of Route 20 to traffic.

UPDATE 6:56 p.m.: Responders say they need lights and tools to open the structure up for ventilation. A pond across the road may be one source of water to fight the fire.

UPDATE 7:13 p.m.: Dispatch says traffic is snarled at the "cloverleaf" in Alexander -- the junction of routes 98 and 20 -- and there's not yet traffic police to re-route vehicles.

UPDATE 7:18 p.m.: National Grid is on scene.

UPDATE 7:22 p.m.: The City of Batavia's Fast Team is called in. A firefighter is heard to say "Holy S%#@!" followed by something about a propane tank being located at the rear of the building.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: A firefighter says the propane tank "has been secured." The fourth platoon from the City of Batavia is called to city fire headquarters to stand in.

UPDATE 7:41 p.m.: It seems like sort of a scramble at this point to get enough water. A crew is trying to "get a draft" out of a hydrant on West Bethany Road, with apparently little success thus far.

UPDATE 8:05 p.m.: Fire police are requested at Tapp Road to handle the overflow of traffic from the main thoroughfares. "It's just me, myself and Jill," comes the response, "Tractor-trailer traffic is backed up all the way to my house." The reply: "We'll make do." Also, a tanker from York has been asked to fill in at Pavilion.

UPDATE 8:12 p.m.: Reportedly there are two law enforcement officers west of Route 20 handling traffic control and dispatch notified them that in the next 20 to 30 minutes, personnel from the American Red Cross will be coming through. That usually means people have been displaced from their home and need emergency assistance. Also, an engine from East Pembroke has been called to fill in at the Alexander Fire Hall.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: Good progress is being made on the second floor of the structure, says a firefighter. The traffic on the outlying roadways is another matter. It was suggested that traffic be diverted to Brookville Road. But a traffic officer says backed-up semis have been pulling out into the roadway -- wherever it is that they are stuck -- and the others are "getting antsy." Plus, icy roads could especially pose a problem for the heavy-laden truckers. "I say have 'em wait. Do what you have to do," says the man in charge. A bit later, the supervisor says "if they don't want to go, tell them to put their flashers on and go to the next (truck). Make it quick though." Now Darien is asked to standby in Alexander and it is suggested that maybe they should give Alden Fire Department a call, too.

UPDATE 8:43 p.m.: The fire has spread to the attic. The crew from Alden is en route to standby at the Alexander hall.

UPDATE 8:46 p.m.: A big-rig driver asks if he can go down Route 354, down into Wyoming County. The officer checks with his superior who says "It's too slick. No way."

UPDATE 9:32 p.m.: They say they are just mopping up and doing overhaul at this point. So clearing out traffic from around the scene is probably the biggest task at hand. Hey, now there's some pizza and coffee for the hard-working crews.

December 15, 2010 - 12:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Alabama.

After extinguishing a car fire at 1364 Church St., Alabama, last night, volunteer firefighters made a sad discovery -- the body of the 60-year-old man who lived at that address was found in the car.

Sheriff's officials believe the car of Harry C. Kramer IV, became stuck in the snow as he was trying to pull out of his driveway. Kramer apparently suffered some sort of medical event that left him with his foot stuck on the accelerator. The engine then apparently overheated, starting the fire.

The car fire was called in at 9:55 p.m. and Alabama Fire was dispatched.

Kramer's body was found by firefighters in the driver's seat of the vehicle after the fire was put out.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating Kramer's exact cause of death. Coroner Jack Taylor pronounced Kramer dead at the scene.




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