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May 14, 2022 - 1:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news, notify.


All of the occupants of a residence at 29 Montclair Ave., Batavia, safely escaped a house fire that was reported at 8:53 p.m., Friday.

City Fire responded to the structure fire and upon arrival found a large volume of fire from the front to the two-and-a-half story, single-family home.

Fire crews knocked down the bulk of the fire and entered the home to find fire on the first and second floors and extending into the attic, according to Interim Fire Chief Daniel Herberger. 

Crews were initially hampered by downed power lines and difficult access to the rear of the house.

Several occupants were home at the time the fire was reported, Herberger said.  None were injured.

The American Red Cross is assisting one resident.


A firefighter was transported to UMMC by fire department personnel with heat exhaustion.

City Fire and Batavia PD are conducting a joint investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

City Water, Town of Batavia Fire, Alexander Fire, Elba Fire, Emergency Dispatch, National Grid, and National Fuel all assisted in the operation.

Photos by Alecia Kaus/Video News Service.





May 11, 2022 - 2:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, elba.

A controlled burn is reportedly out of control at 4491 Old Ford Road, Elba.

A volunteer firefighter called in the fire.

Elba Fire dispatched.

The burn ban is in effect until Saturday.

May 8, 2022 - 3:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, byron.

A barn fire is reported at 6029 North Byron Road, Byron.

Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m.: The fire reportedly started with a "controlled burn."  The seasonal burn ban is in effect until May 14.  Law enforcement has been requested to the scene. 

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Elba requested to the scene.

April 30, 2022 - 1:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Le Roy.

Leaves are reportedly burning out of control in the yard at 84 Gilbert St., Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire responding.

UPDATE 1:47 p.m.: A Le Roy medic on scene reports that people are pouring water on the fire attempting to get it out.  "It doesn't appear out of control," she says.  The burn area is about 200 to 300 feet.

April 24, 2022 - 12:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Oakfield.


Oakfield Fire responded to a report of a basement fire at 12 Coe Avenue at 9:36 p.m., Saturday,

One occupant of the house was trapped in the basement area and extricated by responding fire crews, which included the City of Batavia's Fast Team. The occupant was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy EMS for smoke inhalation. Her condition is unknown at this time.

There were several pets in the residence. Two cats died due to the fire.

The cause of the fires is under investigation. The investigation is being conducted by the Sheriff's Office and emergency management. Assisting is Oakfield Fire Alabama Fire Elba Fire and City Fire. 

Photos by Alicia Kaus/Video New Service


April 18, 2022 - 3:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia, notify.


A house fire is reported at 2 Willow St. in the City of Batavia.  

Smoke and flames are said to be pouring out of the side of the residence.

The occupant may not be home. 

City Fire responding.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m.: The correct address maybe 2 Walnut.  The caller confirmed 2 Willow three times on the phone. She plots to Walnut.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m.: The correct address is 2 Walnut Place.

UPDATE 4:19 p.m.: National Fuel and City code enforcement on location.

UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: City Fire back in service.

UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Interim Chief Dan Herberger said the fire was contained to a single room but there is smoke damage throughout the house. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. One firefighter suffered a minor injury.





April 3, 2022 - 8:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Darien, fire, news.

A residential chimney fire is reported at 2274 Chick Road, Darien.

The house has been evacuated.

Darien Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Alexander also requested to the scene.

March 30, 2022 - 6:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia, Marshalls.

The Marshalls store on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia Town Center is being evacuated because of sparks and smoke coming from a light fixture in the building.

Town of Batavia Fire responding.

March 27, 2022 - 2:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.


Just before 1 p.m., Town of Batavia Fire responded to 4018 South Main Street Road for a chimney fire.  

There was heavy smoke but no flames showing when firefighters arrived on scene. 

A chief on scene suspected creosote build-up as the cause of the fire.

All occupants were safely out of the structure.

The fire was contained to the chimney.

Photos by Philip Casper.






March 21, 2022 - 6:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, fire, news.


A car hauler loaded with new Dodge Chargers and Challengers caught fire and exploded in Pavilion at about 2 p.m. today.

Apparently, the truck's brakes overheated. 

The location was west of the tracks on Route 63.

Two of the chargers on top of the truck caught fire and one exploded. A third vehicle also caught fire.

Reported by Mark Jagodzinski, a senior at Pavilion Central School.


March 15, 2022 - 4:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander Fire, fire, news.


The Alexander Fire Department got a legally necessary nod of approval on Monday night to purchase a new $488,572 new fire engine.

The 2023 Spartan Rescue Pumper will be financed by the Bank of Greene County and as part of the financing package, the fire department needed the Town Board of Alexander to pass a resolution supporting the purchase in order to get an exemption on sales tax.

The department will be replacing the current Engine 7, which is a 1998 Spartan. 

Department leadership researched various financing options and choose Greene because of the 2.74 percent interest rate and a lack of penalty for early payoff.

After a $200,000 down payment, the department will finance $284,660 of the purchase.

The new truck has a Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, Allison 3000 EVS transmission. It can carry 1,000 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam. It pumps 1,500 gallons per minute.  The Harrison 6K generator can power the LED lighting system.

While LED lights are harder for Mercy Flight pilots to see, using LED lights saved the department a substantial amount of money because generators with greater capacity are more expensive. Department personnel will use flares at night when the truck is deployed to a Mercy Flight landing zone.

The department will attempt to sell the old engine but Assistant Chief/Department President Dean Hendershott said the current market is flooded with used fire apparatus.  He said they will try to get the best price they can for it.

Photo: Assistant Chief/Department President Dean Hendershott with a schematic of the new fire truck.

March 11, 2022 - 10:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Alexander.

There may be a fire in an employee bunkhouse at the rear of a farm on Alexander Road in Alexander.

There is smoke coming from the structure.

It may be related to an ongoing law enforcement incident at that location where a person may have a knife injury.

Alexander Fire and Town of Batavia's ladder truck dispatched along with Mercy EMS.

UPDATE 10:24 p.m.: A chief on scene reports "smoke showing."

UPDATE 10:25 p.m.: Town of Batavia's response is canceled. 

March 10, 2022 - 7:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Le Roy.

A caller reported an unidentified fire at the Dolomite property at 8250 Gulf Road, Le Roy.

A first responder reported reaching a gate and being able to spot a possible fire in an unknown type of structure with heavy smoke.

Le Roy Fire dispatched with mutual aid from City Fire.

UPDATE 7:07 p.m.: A second alarm is requested.  Confirmed structure fire. Flames are getting larger.

UPDATE 7:09 p.m.: Second-alarm companies are Bergen and Pavilion with Stafford to fill in at Le Roy's hall.

UPDATE 7:11 p.m.: National Grid requested to the scene to cut power to the building.

UPDATE 7:24 p.m.: Mumford and Stafford tankers requested to the scene.

UPDATE 7:42 p.m.: Fire in the rear is knocked down.

UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: Southside fire is knocked down.

UPDATE 9:11 p.m.: Fire is out.

February 21, 2022 - 11:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, batavia, news, notify.


An older woman at 167 Vine St. Batavia, using a walker, was reportedly helped from her house while it was filling with smoke this evening by an identified female neighbor.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. 

Interim Fire Chief Dan Herberger said it appeared the fire started in the basement and the basement was fully involved by the time fire crews arrived on the scene and was starting to make an incursion into the first floor by the time it was extinguished.

"There is significant fire damage in the basement and the fire popped up through the first floor," Herberger said. "There is significant smoke damage throughout the house. There is a lot of damage.

Mary McCarthy, daughter of the resident of the house, and her husband Mike McCarthy told The Batavian's photographer Jim Burns about the apparent rescue of her mother by a neighbor and said she became aware of the fire when receiving an alert on her mobile phone from the house's Ring security system and she could view the smoke through the Ring's recorded video. The McCarthys immediately headed to the house.

The fire was reported around 6:30.

City Fire along with Alexander's Fast Team, with mutual aid from the Town of Batavia and Le Roy Fire, responded to the two-alarm fire.

Herberger said the fire was somewhat difficult to fight because the basement is set up for a home hair salon, so there are barriers in the basement along with chemicals.

The original dispatch placed the fire at the YWCA on North Street but when crews arrived, they determined the fire was at the residence.  There was smoke coming from the chimney, which on a warmer day, indicates basement fire, Herberger said, and flames showing from at least three basement windows. 

County records indicate the home is owned by Joyce Meisner and Mary McCarthy.  The ranch-style brick house was built in 1950 and is 1,715 square feet. The assessed value is $155,000.

UPDATE: Press release,

On Monday, February 21, 2022, at 6:34 pm the City of Batavia Fire Department responded to reported smoke from a house at 167 Vine St. in the City of Batavia.  Initial fire units arrived at 6:38 pm to find smoke emanating from a one-story, single-family home.  One occupant of the home was assisted to safety by the City of Batavia PD and neighbors upon FD arrival.  Fire crews entered the home to find a large volume of smoke throughout with fire in the basement.  Crews had difficulty locating the fire due to its location in the basement.  The fire was placed under control at 7:32 pm.  Extensive fire and smoke damage were caused to the structure and contents.

Two civilian injuries were reported, however, both refused transport to the hospital.  No firefighter injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by City of Batavia Fire Department fire investigators.  

The City of Batavia Fire Department was assisted by the City of Batavia Police, City of Batavia Bureau of Inspections, Town of Batavia FD, Alexander FD, LeRoy FD, Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center and Emergency Management Office, Mercy EMS (as well as an ambulance from the FEMA deployment to the area), National Grid and National Fuel.

Photos by Jim Burns










February 21, 2022 - 6:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.

A possible basement fire is reported at 167 Vine St. Batavia. 

Smoke coming from the basement. 

A second alarm has been called. 

City Fire on scene. 

UPDATE: 7:22 p.m. Alexander Fast Team called to the scene.

February 4, 2022 - 4:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.

City Fire is responding to 541 East Main St., Batavia, where there is an alarm of fire along with a report of smoke coming from an apartment.

A first responder reports nothing showing. The apartment complex is being evacuated.

UPDATE 4:29 a.m.: Smoke is due to somebody cooking. No fire.

February 4, 2022 - 3:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.


A house fire is reported at 31 Walnut Street, Batavia.

Dispatchers report multiple calls.

UPDATE 3:22 a.m.: City  Fire on scene reporting light smoke out of second-story window.  A patrol officer first on scene reported the fire may have originated in a downstairs kitchen and extended upstates.

UPDATE 3:23 a.m.: All platoons recalled to headquarters.

UPDATE 3:48 a.m.: All occupants were out of the two residences safely.  The fire is out and firefighters are conducting overhaul and checking for extensions.

UPDATE Friday morning:

Press release:

On Friday, February 4, 2022, at 3:16 a.m., the City of Batavia Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at 31 Walnut St. in the City of Batavia.  Initial fire units arrived to find smoke emanating from a two-and-a-half-story, two-family home.  Fire crews entered the home to find a fire in the kitchen that was quickly extinguished.  Three occupants were home at the time of the fire and escaped unharmed prior to the fire department's arrival.  Residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.    

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental by City of Batavia Fire Department fire investigators.   

The City of Batavia Fire Department was assisted by the City of Batavia Police and Water Departments, Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center, the American Red Cross, National Grid and National Fuel.

February 1, 2022 - 8:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Oakfield.

Oakfield Fire responded to Crazy Cheap Cars on Main Street for a report of smoke in the building.

The building was evacuated.  The involved building was apparently a storage area on Water Street.

The fire is believed to be out now.

UPDATE 8:48 a.m.: Oakfield assignment is back in service.


January 24, 2022 - 9:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.


At about 5:40 p.m., City Fire received a report of an object next to a vehicle on fire with the fire spreading to the vehicle at 18 Elm St., Batavia.

Lt. David Green said the owner of the vehicle had tried hitting a latch in order to open using a propane heater.


January 16, 2022 - 11:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, batavia.

A canvas structure used to store lawnmowers and ATV is reportedly on fire at 113 Bank St., Batavia.

City Fire responded and reported the response will be set with the initial response.

UPDATE 11:29 p.m.: Fire is out.  Ladder 15 is responding to a fire alarm at another location. Engine 11 remains on scene at Bank Street.

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