Renovations underway after Union Springs Academy fire in December

Students and staff are adjusting and renovations are taking place since a fire hit the Union Springs Academy’s administration building in December. Principal Jere Clayburn said he estimates $250,000 to $300,000 worth of cleanup work has taken place at the building on 40 Spring St., which school personnel and students are still not allowed to enter. The blaze, which took... more

Two barns burn down in Monday morning Clyde fire

Two barns have collapsed to the ground after catching on fire Monday morning. Firefighters say the barns on Desmond Road were already burned to the ground when they arrived to the scene shortly after 5:30 am. The owner said he did not see the barns burning because he cannot see them from the window in his bedroom. There were no... more

Ithaca firefighters respond to TCAT fire early Monday morning

A fire in a heating unit at Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit filled the building with smoke Monday morning in the City of Ithaca. An Ithaca Police Officer on patrol in the area called into Tompkins County 911 around 4:45 a.m. stating that there was smoke coming from the building at 737 Willow Ave. When firefighters arrived minutes later the building... more

Suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Marentette answers city’s charges

Suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette on Friday testified on a number of issues brought up against him by the city, including timekeeping, purchase orders and his actions at a 2015 rescue operation. Testimony during his civil service hearing wrapped up Friday afternoon, but a resolution may be weeks away. Marentette, who has been fire chief since 2011, was suspended... more

Canandaigua fire chief suspension: City alleges misconduct, incompetence

A clearer picture of the allegations behind the suspension of Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette emerged during roughly five hours of testimony at his civil service hearing. The hearing is scheduled to continue Friday. Marentette, who did not testify Thursday, was suspended without pay for 30 days in January. The suspension remains in place, although city officials said he now... more

Hearing today on Canandaigua Fire Chief Marentette’s suspension

More details about the suspension of Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette are expected to emerge later this morning. A civil service hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Marentette was suspended without pay for 30 days in January. The suspension remains in place, although city officials said he now is being paid. City Manager Ted Andrzejewski said in early... more

Geneva FD to host seminar on Feb. 18

The Geneva Fire Department will be hosting a seminar on Saturday, February 18, 2017. This seminar is title: “Operations at Private Dwelling Fires by First Due Fire Companies.” Registration is at 8:30am and the program will run 9:00am-12:30pm at the Smith Opera House (82 Seneca Street). The cost is $15/per person. Pre-registration is requested. This class is a part of... more

Garbage hauler ignites at Seneca Meadows Landfill

On Thursday February 9th at 1:10 am the Seneca Falls Police Department responded along with the Seneca Falls Fire Department to the Seneca Meadows Landfill for a reported vehicle fire. The first arriving units found the trailer portion of a garbage hauler to be fully engulfed in fire. The Waterloo Fire Department responded to the scene for mutual assistance. The... more

UPDATE: Fire at Vance Metal in Geneva started with sand blaster

In an update from deputies on Friday, the details around a fire at Vance Metal in Geneva are becoming clearer. Deputies say that the call came to Ontario County 911 around 11:35 pm. It was a reported structure fire, which prompted the response of Northside Fire, Geneva Fire, Oaks Corners Fire, Seneca Castle Fire, Phelps Fire, Junius Fire, White Springs... more

Canandaigua volunteer firefighters plead on behalf of suspended chief

City staff have not provided “accurate, truthful and complete information” about suspended Fire Chief Mark Marentette to members of City Council, according to a prepared statement read by Canandaigua volunteer firefighter Adam Faville Thursday night. About 20 supporters of Marentette attended the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, although they did not speak publicly. Mayor Ellen Polimeni said the matter is... more

STUDY: How much does fighting fires in Ontario Co. cost taxpayers?

The goal was to learn more about fire service in Ontario County. The Ontario County Values, Inc. or OCVI, an independent and not-for-profit corporation was formed to compare the costs of local government services in Ontario County. The results have been released. As expected there are disparities throughout Ontario County — when it comes to actual cost for fire services.... more

From the flames: Man who lost motorcycle collection in fire looks to rebuild

It may never be determined what caused the blaze that destroyed what South Bristol resident Steve Endza described as his life's work. What is certain for the 66-year-old is the desire to rebuild all that he lost. On Jan. 13 – Friday the 13th, for the superstitious – a late-night fire consumed Endza's roughly 1,500-square-foot, self-built garage. Inside the now... more

Sen. Helming helps pass legislation to better protect volunteer firefighters

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) helped pass legislation to better protect the health of volunteer firefighters who become sick due to the hazards they encounter from their service to the community. The bill (S1411), expands the benefits available to volunteer firefighters when they contract certain illnesses and cancers as a result of their dangerous work. “Volunteer firefighters valiantly serve our... more

Victor faces lack of volunteer firefighters

The town and village of Victor in Ontario County are growing in many ways – except for in one very important area. There is a lack of volunteers in the Fishers and Victor Fire Departments. Monday night, leaders discussed possible solutions – among them, consolidation or paying higher taxes to pay firefighters. WHAM: Read More more
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