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April 26, 2011 - 9:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, fire, Alabama.

At 10:54 p.m., a house fire was reported at 465 Bloomingdale Road, Basom, on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

The house was unoccupied.

A passerby saw flames coming from inside the house and notified neighboring homeowners who called 9-1-1.

No word on the damage to the house, but responders last night reported the house was fully involved and no interior firefighters were used to battle the blaze.

Alabama and Indian Falls fire departments were initially dispatched, with mutual aid from Akron, Batavia, Newstead and Pembroke. Also responding were Genesee County Emergency Services, the Sheriff's Office and Mercy EMS.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(initial report)

April 25, 2011 - 11:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, fire, Alabama.

A house fire has been reported 465 Bloomingdale Road, Basom.

Alabama and Indian Falls fire departments dispatched. Akron is asked to fill in at Indian Falls' hall.

The fire was called in by the resident and a neighbor.

UPDATE 11:02 p.m.: Bloomingdale Road is partially flooded. Units told to respond with caution. A chief on scene reports a full involved structure fire. A second alarm requested.

UPDATE 11:19 p.m.: City's FAST team was dispatched, but now put back in service. Alabama chief reports that there will be no interior firefighters used on this fire.

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April 23, 2011 - 6:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

An electrical fire that is now out reported at 31 Ganson Ave., Batavia.

There is smoke in the basement.

Residents advised to evacuate the house.

City Fire Department responding.

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April 22, 2011 - 1:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Pavilion.

A possible truck fire is reported near the juncture of routes 19 and 63. Pavilion Fire Department is responding. Traffic control is requested.

UPDATE 1:36 p.m.: "What we have here is a blown turbo," says a responder. It's been "shut off." They are holding the assignment to one engine, nonemergency mode. But traffic control is still necessary. They are asking for some "speedy dry."

April 21, 2011 - 8:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A pole is reportedly on fire on Alexander Road, south of the overpass past the first railroad track on the west side.

It's apparently the same pole that caught on fire at 4 a.m., Wednesday.

Town of Batavia Fire Department responding.

April 20, 2011 - 7:47am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, city of batavia.

City of Batavia Fire Department has responded to a commercial fire alarm at the p.w. minor company at 1 Treadeasy Ave. A firefighter on scene reports nothing showing, no smell of fire.

The alarm company has been contacted and is working to reset the alarm.

April 20, 2011 - 7:39am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, alexander, Bethany, Stafford.

The smell of an electrical fire is coming from an apartment at 10537 Bethany Center Road in Bethany. The building is being evacuated.

Stafford Fire and Bethany fire departments are responding.

Alexander is to stand by in its hall for possible mutual aid.

UPDATE 7:52 a.m.: Alexander fire is asked to stand down.

UPDATE 7:59 a.m.: A chief on scene reports that the basement of the building is flooded, burning out the furnace, which apparently tripped a fire alarm.

UPDATE 8:07 a.m.: Stafford fire is standing down.

April 16, 2011 - 9:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

A kitchen grease fire was reported in the rear of the residence at 111 Liberty St. in the City of Batavia and its fire crews responded. Smoke was showing when they arrived, but the blaze was quickly extinguished.

The building was evacuated. Two people suffered second-degree burns, according to responders.

An ambulance is en route.

The location is between Central Avenue and Cherry Street.

UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: A Mercy Medic unit is called.

UPDATE 9:43 p.m.: City Ladder 15 is returning to quarters. Mercy Squad 2 is back in service. The burn victims have been transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Top photo by Howard Owens, bottom photos by Frank Capuano.


April 15, 2011 - 5:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire.

A large brush fire is reported at 7397 Evans Road in Bergen. The caller indicated it was heading toward a swamp.

Bergen Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.: A firefighter on scene reports the fire was small and it is now out.

UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: The Bergen assignment is back in service.

April 14, 2011 - 12:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

A possible fire is reported in an upstairs apartment located at 335 Bank St. It's in the Northside Meadows Apartments, building A.

City Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 12:09 p.m.: It's burnt food, according to the firefighter on scene.

UPDATE 12:11 p.m.: All units are clearing the scene, back in service.

April 10, 2011 - 7:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, byron.

A caller reports that a controlled burn of a barn at 7521 Mechanic Street may be getting out of hand.

Byron and South Byron fire departments are dispatched.

UPDATE 7:11 p.m.: South Byron's response is cancelled. Byron fire back in service.

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April 9, 2011 - 3:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien.

An SUV is reportedly on fire at the junction of Sumner and Fargo roads in Darien.

Darien Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: Fire is out. Darien crew back in service.

April 9, 2011 - 11:46am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

Multiple fire alarms are sounding within the Harvester industrial center building at 56 Harvester Ave. Also, alarms indicating water flow problems are sounding.

Batavia City Fire Department is on location.

UPDATE 11:51 a.m.: The alarm company is in communication with dispatch. There has been no mention of smoke or fire.

UPDATE 12:01 p.m.: City fire crews are back in quarters.

April 7, 2011 - 3:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, byron.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.

An alert neighbor and a quick response from the South Byron Fire Department helped prevent a house fire early Sunday morning from becoming an inferno.

The fire was reported by a neighbor at 3:34 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office, at the Samuel Ferrara residence, 6307 E. Main St. Road, South Byron.

The caller reported seeing smoke and flames from under the eave of the porch.

"Fast action by neighbors, the homeowner and a quick response by the South Byron Fire Department are credited with limiting the damage to the porch only," said Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble.

The Byron Fire Department also responded.

Chief James McKenzie both departments turned out in force for the early morning alarm.

"I was impressed with the turnout we had," McKenzie said. 

McKenzie said a good portion of the fire was knocked down by the resident and a neighbor by the time the first truck rolled up.

The neighbor had fire extinguishers and the resident had a garden hose.

Because there was extension into the walls, firefighters had to open a couple of walls to get to the fire and ensure it was out.

There were no injuries reported.

The cause was apparently a discarded cigarette.  The fire caused an estimate $30,000 to $40,000 damage.

South Byron and Byron firefighters cleared the scene at 7:03 a.m.

April 4, 2011 - 2:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, thruway, pembroke.

A truck fire is reported in the area of mile marker 397 in the westbound lane.

The driver reports he used up the fire extinguishers he had on hand.

The fire is under the hood.

East Pembroke firefighters are being dispatched.

Mile marker 397 is just west of Slusser Road.

April 3, 2011 - 2:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A trailer in Batavia that apparently hadn't been occupied for seven years and had no electricity or heat source caught fire Friday night.

The rear half of the trailer was destroyed.

A Sheriff's Office report says how the fire started is "unknown."

The blaze, at 9427 Alexander Road, was reported at 9:12 p.m. by a motorist from Attica.

The trailer is owned by Richard Hale, who told investigators that there was nothing of value in the trailer except some old lawn furniture and appliances.  

Hale, who lives on the property, said he didn't see or hear anything suspicious prior to the fire being reported.

Town of Batavia fire along with Alexander fire departments responded to the scene.

March 31, 2011 - 8:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Attica, fire, alexander.

A resident in an apartment at 89 Colony Run, Attica, reports the smell of smoke in the dwelling.

Alexander Fire Department along with Attica being dispatched.

UPDATE 8:04 p.m.: Both Attica and Alexander chiefs on scene. Assignment being held to one truck from each department.

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Alexander assignment back in service. No smell of smoke found.

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March 29, 2011 - 7:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A utility or electricity pole is on fire in the area of 8862 Route 98, near Rose Road, Batavia.

A deputy on scene says the fire is touching a high tension line that seems to be burning.

The pole looks like a newly installed pole, as recently as today.

Town of Batavia Fire is responding with Engine 24.

UPDATE 7:27 p.m.: The fire has burned itself out. National Grid has been notified, no ETA given, but it should easily be able to spot the charred pole, according to responders.

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March 24, 2011 - 8:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, fire.

A chimney fire has been reported at 3591 Maltby Road, Oakfield.

Oakfield Fire along with Alabama, Elba and East Pembroke were initially dispatched, but Oakfield's chief asked that all units but Oakfield be held in their halls.

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March 24, 2011 - 1:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A dryer fire is reported inside a house at 25 W. Main St. in the Village of Le Roy.

Le Roy fire is responding, along with mutual aid from Pavilion and Churchville.

Le Roy medics are also going to the scene.

Firefighters on scene in Le Roy say it is "a working fire."

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.: The fire is knocked down and crews are working to check  extentions.

UPDATE 1:13 p.m.: There's a natural gas leak inside the structure.

UPDATE 1:18 p.m.: Rochester Gas & Electric is requested to the scene.




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