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March 18, 2017 - 7:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.

A tractor is reportedly on fire at the Thruway interchange at Park Road and Oak Street, Batavia.

City fire responding.

UPDATE 7:47 a.m.: City fire on location. No fire at that location. 

March 18, 2017 - 5:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Bethany, news.

A building at 9778 Creek Road, Bethany, is charged with smoke, but no fire seen.

Bethany fire along with Town of Batavia and Alexander dispatched.

The location is Baskin Livestock.

UPDATE 5:57 a.m.: Town of Batavia can go back in service. Alexander to continue. Owner reported blown-out motor on a furnace. 

UPDATE 6:28 a.m.: Bethany assignment back in service. 

March 17, 2017 - 1:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Le Roy, news.

A washer fire with smoke showing is reported in the mobile home park on Lake Street Road in Le Roy. Le Roy Fire Department is responding with mutual aid from Bergen and Pavilion to 8769 Lake Street Road, Lot #12.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: A first responder on scene reports a light haze inside the structure.

UPDATE 2:11 p.m.: The Le Roy assignment is returning to service.

March 14, 2017 - 12:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy, news.

A fire in a wall is suspected at 8180 W. Bergen Road, Le Roy.

Le Roy fire dispatched along with an engine from Pavilion and ladder from Bergen.

City of Batavia and Stafford asked to stage in quarters for possible second alarm.

UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: Second alarm. City of Fire, Stafford, second engine from Pavilion for working trailer fire.

UPDATE(S) 1:01 p.m. (By Billie): The Bergen assignment is back in service.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: The American Red Cross is called to the scene to aid the displaced: A man, a woman, a child, a dog, a cat. Also, a code enforcement officer will be responding to the trailer in an hour or so.

March 13, 2017 - 11:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron, Darien, fire, news.

Two barns were destroyed in fires on Saturday.

The first was reported about 2:45 p.m. at 7014 Townline Road, Bryon. Responding were Byron, South Byron, Elba, Bergen and Emergency Services. The fire is believed to have started when the owner was burning a small debris pile near the barn causing extension to the barn. The barn was a total loss. (Note: We didn't have prior coverage because I was in Buffalo covering basketball and Billie was at our house without any electrical power at that time.)

The second fire was reported about 10:30 p.m. at 9829 Simonds Road, Darien. Darien Fire, Town of Batavia, Alexander, East Pembroke, Corfu and Pembroke along with the City's Fast Team and Mercy EMS were dispatched. The barn was already fully involved by the time the first firefighters arrived, so the city's response was canceled and Mercy EMS soon went back in service. Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator, said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined. For photos and additional coverage, click here.

March 11, 2017 - 10:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, news, Darien.


A fully involved barn fire is reported at 9829 Simonds Road, Darien. All available manpower from Darien Fire Department is called to the scene, along with Mercy medics and mutual aid from the city's Fast Team, Town of Batavia, Alexander, East Pembroke, Corfu, and Pembroke. A first responder en route says flames can be seen a mile away. Crittenden Fire Department is called to fill in at Darien's fire hall. The location is between Richley and Bennett roads.

UPDATE 10:29 p.m.: Mercy medics are back in service.

UPDATE 10:42 p.m.: The barn is on the ground, totally destroyed.







UPDATE: Below, reader-submitted photos, first of the fire and then of one of the tanker refill locations.




UPDATE: More reader submitted photos.




March 9, 2017 - 4:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, news, batavia.

A house fire is reported at 39 Manhatten Ave. in the city. Smoke is spewing from the attic. City fire is responding.

UPDATE 4:21 p.m.: The smoke came from a pan burning on the stove. There's no fire, just heavy smoke. The residence is evacuated.

March 9, 2017 - 2:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Alabama, news.

There's a report of lines down sparking a grass fire in the area of 1084 Ledge Road, Alabama.

Alabama fire responding.

March 9, 2017 - 1:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy, news.

There's a report of smoke in the residence of 8286 E. Main Road, Le Roy.

Le Roy fire dispatched with mutual aid from Pavilion.

UPDATE 1:07 p.m.: There may be a problem with an electrical outlet. A thermal camera is requested in the house.

March 8, 2017 - 9:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Le Roy.

A caller reports a person has started a bonfire in the driveway of 31 Myrtle St., Le Roy.

Le Roy fire dispatched.

March 8, 2017 - 6:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news.


Here are our photos from the fire at 404 S. Jackson St. this morning. At this point, we have no new information beyond what we reported this morning.







March 8, 2017 - 4:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Pavilion, news.

A structure fire is reported at 10959 S. Lake Street Road, Pavilion.

It's gone to a second alarm.

It was reported about 20 minutes ago, but we couldn't confirm the address until just now.

Pavilion, Bethany, Stafford, Le Roy dispatched.

There has been a lot of radio traffic since the dispatch, but none that we can hear specifically from the fire.

If any readers have photos, send to [email protected] or text (585) 260-6970.

March 8, 2017 - 9:45am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, batavia.

A structure fire is reported at 404 Jackson St. It's across from Jackson School. Multiple calls have been received. Flames are seen coming from the rear of the house, which has three or four apartments. City fire just arrived.

UPDATE 9:46 a.m.: This has gone to a second alarm. Alexander Fast Team is called to respond along with Elba and Town of Batavia. Mercy medics are to report to the school's bus loop to treat a patient with possible smoke inhalation. Command at the scene reports potential fire exposure problems to nearby property.

UPDATE 9:55 a.m.: The multi-family dwelling is next to Max Pies Furniture.

UPDATE 10:06 a.m.: Jackson School has been evacuated.

UPDATE 10:10 a.m.: A neighbor at the scene says four dogs also live at the house. Their status is unknown.

UPDATE 10:13 a.m.: A worker(s) from National Fuel just arrived.

UPDATE 10:22 a.m.: National Grid is on scene.

UPDATE 10:24 a.m.: Command asks a dispatcher to contact the city's Public Works department to see what can be done to improve water pressure.

UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: Students at Jackson School are being dismissed. Schoolchildren who use bus transportation are directed to the back of the school where they will be picked up by busses in about 15 minutes and taken to their appropriate stops.

UPDATE 11:04 a.m.: Jim Sanders, who was inside Max Pies Furniture when the fire broke out, said: "I walked out of the store because I seen smoke. So I walked around the building and I could see the fire coming out the whole back of the house. So I called 9-1-1. ... It wasn't more than a few minutes than the fire company arrived. They were putting water on our building (Max Pies) so it wouldn't catch ours."

UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: Five dogs perished in this fire. The loading area for the children to board buses was changed to the nearby Ascension Parish parking lot. Some children have been picked up or are waiting for buses/rides inside the parish rec hall.

UPDATE 11:26 a.m.: "Heard like a car going by, revving it's engine," said eyewitness Tim Balonek. "A heard a whoosh, a big whoosh. Then I looked out and the back window was totally engulfed in flames. That's when I called (for) the fire department. They already had trucks on the way."

UPDATE 11:41 a.m.: Interim Fire Chief Dan Herberger said the fire call came in shortly before 10 o'clock this morning and upon arrival firefighters found advanced fire and started an aggressive interior response. Subsequently, high winds prompted them to change to defensive tactics and crews were ordered out of the building. "(The structure) was a business at some point. So it's heavily cut up with additions. It makes it challenging." Max Pies store is only 10 feet away but suffered no significant damage. Two adults and one child made it out of the burning structure safely. "Unfortunately, five dogs perished," Herberger said. No firefighters or other people were injured; the person who was evaluated in the school bus loop for possible smoke inhalation was not transported to the hospital. Herberger said they called for the school to be evacuated as a precautionary measure. There was a lot of smoke blowing around. Witnesses said the school evacuation went smoothly; some children were scared and crying when they left and some parents appeared "a little freaked out," but things were handled calmly and orderly nonetheless. All bags/belongings were supposed to be left at the school.

March 5, 2017 - 5:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, byron, news.

A possible fire in a wall is reported at 6900 Cockram Road, Byron.

Byron and South Byron fire departments are dispatched.

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.: Chief on scene requests all units respond non-emergency.

March 2, 2017 - 5:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, east pembroke, news.

An explosion is reported and a basement is filling with smoke at 3265 W. Main Street Road, near Wortendyke Road. East Pembroke Fire Department is called to respond in non-emergency mode, along with Mercy medics.

March 1, 2017 - 9:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, fire, news.


Pembroke and Indian Falls firefighters were called tonight to a rekindle of a fire that was reported as a controlled burn in the wee hours of Feb. 25. It's at  8854 S. Lake Road, Pembroke. The crews had to back later that morning for a rekindle, and now they're at it again. 

For the original post, click here.

Reader submitted photos.




February 27, 2017 - 11:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, batavia, news, fire.

Audio and visual fire alarms at Batavia Downs have been set off.

The building has been evacuated.

City fire is on scene, investigating.

Town of Batavia fire responding.

A possible pull station was activated. Investigating.

UPDATE: I thought I updated this earlier: False alarm. 

February 25, 2017 - 9:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, fire, news.


Firefighters from Pembroke, Indian Falls and Corfu have been dispatched for a second time this morning to 8854 S. Lake Road, Pembroke, for a fire.

The first call was at 1:54 a.m. for the report of a controlled burn.

A person on social media posted about the fire. He said, "What I learned tonight 12 gallons of gas on a big bonfire will get the whole fire department to come and put it out." He later added, "thank you to Pembroke Fire Department, you guys rock."

Reader-submitted photos and info.




UPDATE: Pembroke firefighters returned later in the day for overhaul of the scene (reader submitted photos):




February 17, 2017 - 1:24am
posted by Billie Owens in pembroke, indian falls, fire, news.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are called to the scene of the house fire which broke out late Thursday afternoon at 8006 Alleghany Road, Indian Falls. Dispatch says a passerby reported seeing flames coming from the second story of what remains of the structure.

UPDATE 1:25 a.m.: Pembroke command requests a tanker from both East Pembroke and Corfu to the scene and reports about 25 percent of the remaining structure is ablaze.

UPDATE 1:36 a.m.: The call has gone to a second alarm. Tankers from Darien and Alabama are requested to the scene.

UPDATE: Rekindle photos submitted by a reader.




February 16, 2017 - 9:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, pembroke, indian falls, news.


The cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Alabama where an elderly man was living has yet to be determined.

The fire at 8006 Alleghany Road, Indian Falls, was called in shortly after 5 p.m. with smoke and flames showing from the back of the residence.

Pembroke Chief Jamie Waff said dispatchers received several calls reporting flames showing, so the fire immediately went to a second alarm with Town of Batavia, Darien, Corfu and Alabama joining Pembroke, Indian Falls and the Town of Batavia's Fast Team joining the initial response. East Pembroke, Akron, Newstead and Oakfield were also toned out later.

"With manpower issues during the day, right at five, along with the fire, we went right to a second alarm for manpower," Waff said.

The wind from the southwest quickly pushed the fire from the rear of the house to the front.

The resident reportedly kept a lot of items in the house and the first firefighters in found the back of the second floor piled with garbage bags filled with stuff, so the firefighters were initially pulled out until the situation could be better assessed for their safety.

The resident, who was outside when firefighters arrived, was placed in a patrol vehicle after deputies arrived on scene so he could stay warm. The deputy requested a medic to check him for possible smoke inhalation. 

There was a dog and some cats inside the residence, but Waff didn't know the status of the animals at the time we talked.












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