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August 13, 2011 - 12:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A motorcycle is reportedly on fire on Main Street near Jackson Street, downtown Batavia.

City fire is dispatched.

The fire is reportedly right in front of The Mane Attraction Salon & Spa.

UPDATE 12:24 a.m.: Fire is out.

August 9, 2011 - 5:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Alexander.

There is reportedly smoke coming from the roof of a residence on Route 20 in Alexander.

There is the smell of smoke in the house.

The residence is being evacuated.

Alexander Fire Department and Town of Batavia's ladder truck being dispatched.

The location is 3076 Broadway Road, Alexander.

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.: The smoke appears NOT to be coming from the residence, but another location. Alexander units being held in quarters and Town of Batavia can return to its hall.

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August 8, 2011 - 8:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A possible fuel fire has been reported at the Kwik Fill, 7010 W. Main Road, Le Roy.

The spill and fire was reported by a neighbor who said the fire may have been put out using a fire extinguisher.

Le Roy Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 8:55 p.m.: First chief on scene reports no fire showing. Trucks can respond non-emergency.

UPDATE 8:56 p.m.: First engine on scene. A chief reports, "It was just a minor cleaning issue. No issues at this time."

August 8, 2011 - 6:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, thruway.

We didn't catch all the details on this, but Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are working a car fire on the Thruway.

The initial call came in as a car smoking.  We don't have the mile marker.

August 3, 2011 - 9:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Orleans County.

Fire units from Oakfield, Elba and Batavia are being sent to Orleans County for a mutual aid fire call.

There is a house fire at  5717 Burns Road, Barre.

A pumper and tanker from Oakfield are at the scene, Elba requested to fill in at Barre's fire hall and Batavia's Fast Team requested to the scene.

UPDATE 9:47 a.m.: Alabama pumper requested to fill in at the East Shelby fire hall.

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August 2, 2011 - 3:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire, east pembroke.

A fire behind a stove is reported at the Sportsman's Coonhunters Association, an archery club, located at 8776 Hopkins Road in East Pembroke. The flames are out but firefighters are called to check for extensions into the walls.

East Pembroke and Town of Batavia fire departments are responding. A firefighter on scene says extensions are unlikely. An infrared camera is requested to be sure.

August 1, 2011 - 8:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Pavilion.

A front porch carpet fire, believed to be out at this time, is reported at 11133 Saint Mary's St. in Pavilion. A person there suffered burns to the legs trying to put out the blaze. Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy EMS responded. They are checking the site with an infrared camera to ensure the blaze is out.

The victim is reportedly a 14-year-old who was playing with matches. A Sheriff's deputy is requested to the scene because of concerns of child endangerment.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: Those at the scene ask the deputy to "step it up."

UPDATE 8:26 p.m.: Mercy medics are en route to Strong Memorial Hospital with the burn victim. The Sheriff's deputy is back in service.

UPDATE 8:33 p.m.: Pavilion fire is back in service.

August 1, 2011 - 1:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

Smoke is reportedly coming from the basement of a house at 312 Eillicott St. in Batavia. City firefighters are en route. The landlord says the smoke is coming out of the cinder blocks.

UPDATE 1:51 p.m.: Fire command reports the smoke is coming from a crawl space and they have limited access to it. They are going to get at it through a breach they made in the wall.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: City fire has cleared the scene.

Photos submitted by Frank Capuano.

July 30, 2011 - 12:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, fire.

A fire in a bedroom at 3561 Lockport Road, Oakfield, was knocked down quickly, shortly after tones went out for several fire departments to respond.

A chief on scene confirms the fire is knocked down.

Initially dispatched were all Oakfield units along with tankers and engines from Alabama, Elba and Batavia.

All Oakfield units can now proceed non-emergency and all other units are put back in service.

UPDATE 12:44 p.m.: All Oakfield units back in service.

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July 27, 2011 - 8:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, darien lakes.

The smell of smoke is reported at campsite #971 at Darien Lake Theme Park. No flames are showing, but they'd still like an officer to check it out. They have shut off electricity to the site.

Darien Fire Department is responding.

July 26, 2011 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

A caller reports smoke coming from a wall at 100 Pearl St., Batavia, Paris Repairs.

City Fire Department is responding.

The first unit on scene reports nothing showing.

UPDATE 3:33 p.m.: A firefighter on the roof reports nothing showing. The breaker has been shut off and the smoked stopped. "It appears to be an electrical problem," says a captain.

UPDATE 4:11 p.m.: City fire back in service.

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July 26, 2011 - 7:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, fire.

A vehicle is reportedly on fire in the area 3271 Lockport Road, Oakfield.

The vehicle is said to be next to a barn.

Oakfield Fire Department dispatched.

A chief is in the area and says smoke is showing.

Elba fire is being put on standby in their hall.

UPDATE 7:18 a.m.: Fire under control.

UPDATE 7:24 a.m.: Fire is out. Elba put back in service with Oakfield's thanks.

UPDATE 8:26 a.m.: Oakfield back in service.

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July 24, 2011 - 9:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A Dumpster fire has been reported at the gas station at 100 W. Main St., Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire Department responding.

A Le Roy police officer on scene says it's a small fire that has been smoldering for awhile. "It will probably take about 10 gallons of water or less to put it out."

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July 23, 2011 - 9:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, fire.

An electrical outlet is reportedly sparking and smoking at 10 Maple St., upper apartment (C), in the City of Batavia. The building has been evacuated. City firefighters are on scene.

UPDATE 9:33 p.m.: All units are clear. The problem, apparently, was overheated circuits. They were shut off. The landlord is aware of the situation.

July 23, 2011 - 12:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien.

A Sheriff's Deputy is stuck on Sumner Road in Darien after his patrol car had mechanical problems and caught fire. He's fine. A tow truck is responding and another deputy is sent to pick up the stranded motorist.

July 22, 2011 - 8:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, fire.

A hay fire has rekindled at the site of yesterday's barn fire. That was at 4103 Batavia-Elba Town Line Road in Elba at the Post dairy farm.

Elba Fire Department is responding.

July 22, 2011 - 8:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Darien.

A garbage fire is reported on Broadway near Tinkham Road in Darien. Darien Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: The fire is said to be very small and not likely to "go anywhere." But Darien is responding to investigate.

July 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Alabama.

A high-tension power line has fallen down and is burning at 6888 Alleghany Road in Alabama. The location is north of the Judge Road intersection. Town of Alabama Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: The high-tension wires are the responsibility of the New York Power Authority, which is being notified. About 300 yards of grass around the wires is on fire.

UPDATE 7:39 p.m.: The power authority has been informed and there's a representative en route. But he's coming from Lewiston so it will take time to get there. The Department of Environmental Conservation is being notified.

UPDATE 7:47 p.m.: Little can be done until the power is shut down. Firefighters on scene are ensuring the blaze does not spread to structures. No structures are threatened at this time. State forestry workers are available if needed since land under the power lines belongs to New York.

UPDATE 8 p.m.: A grass truck out of Akron and tankers from Pembroke and Indian Falls are requested as mutual aid to Alabama. The grass fire is described as large. It's behind the White Memorial State Game Farm.

UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: After researching the location, the state power authority says the power lines belong to National Grid. The state has contacted National Grid and a rep is being sent, but no ETA given.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m.: Oakfield is to fill in at Alabama's hall. Another unit out of Niagara County is called in.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: The high-tension lines are fully powered. A National Grid rep is in the area and still needs to figure out how to shut down power there. A supervisor is en route. Once they figure it out, one of them will coordinate duties with the fire officials. The shifting wind is proving to be somewhat problematic.

UPDATE 8:39 p.m.: A fire truck out of Shelby is requested.

UPDATE 8:43 p.m.: A grass truck out of East Pembroke is called.

UPDATE 8:53 p.m.: A tanker from Oakfield is called and so are fire police from East Pembroke to help with traffic control.

UPDATE 9:03 p.m.: National Grid has a 30-minute ETA. Tankers are filling up at Parkers Pond at Gordon and Judge roads.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: The chief says the fire has been extinguished on the northwest side of the site. They are heading up on the hill to concentrate their efforts on the other side. Grass under the power lines continues to burn because the electrictity has yet to be shut down by National Grid.

UPDATE 9:31 p.m.: The chief reports the fire is contained and the remainder consists of a 50-foot swath of land underneath the power lines. National Grid has not yet arrived.

UPDATE 9:47 p.m.: National Grid is on scene. The fire is under control and the scene is being turned over to them to handle.

July 22, 2011 - 7:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in history, fire, pembroke, indian falls, Boulder Park.

What's left of a once popular amusement park in Indian Falls was largely undamaged by a late evening fire along Phelps Road.

One small structure -- impossible to tell what it once was -- was charred while several structures remain, though largely overgrown by brush, vines and trees.

The causes of the fire, which was reported at 9:01 p.m., remains under investigation. 

The park, locally known as "Boulder Park," opened in 1949, the brainchild of Phil Morrot. Historians know it as "Morrot's Boulder."

While the park featured a miniature steam train and a Ferris wheel, the highlight of the park was reportedly its merry-go-round.

The carousel -- designed by Phil's sister, Emily Bourgard, and built by the Herschell Company -- was a menagerie of animals, including 32 horses, a lion, tigers and a giraffe.

The park was sold in the 1960s, fell into disrepair and was closed by 1970, at which time the animals of the carousel apparently went missing.

An Indian Falls resident, Cindy Henning Hanks, published a book in 2003 about the carousel and what happened to the animals. She's been able to track what happened to all but three of the wooden, hand-carved beasts.

According to her website, the giraffe sold at auction a few years ago for $51,000.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, the property is currently owned by Kelkco, LLC, out of Clarence Center.

The fire is being investigated by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Pictures below were taken today.

July 22, 2011 - 1:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Alabama.

A large cloud of black smoke is reported in the area of 13762 Sky Road in Alabama. It's off the road and in the woods. Alabama Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: Alabama reports it is a large controlled burn on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. The firefighters are returning to service.

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