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Ontario County Safety Council awards honor those who saved lives in 2016

Police, firefighters and area residents who took action that saved lives during 2016 will be honored at the Ontario County Safety Council’s awards banquet. The 54th annual awards will be given out March 28 at Canandaigua Inn on the Lake. There will be a social hour starting at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The Life Saving Award will... more

Waterloo FD gets new ‘cold water’ equipment, hosts training session

Cold water rescues for the Waterloo Fire Department just got a little bit warmer to handle. The Waterloo Fire Department was recently able to acquire new personal protective and safety equipment to use in cold water rescues. The “Ice Rescuer 1500” ice rescue suits are designed to keep those wearing the suit safe from harsh elements; including cold or frozen... more

Crews worked for several hours battling Newfield fire

Firefighters spent hours battling a blaze in Newfield on Thursday. The fire was reported at 11:09 pm at 1399 Shaffer Rd., according to officials. Crews from West Danby, Enfield, Van Etten, and Odessa all assisted at the scene. Bangs Ambulance was also called to the scene, but they were ultimately not needed as there were no injuries reported. The charred... more

N. Wadsworth St. fire under investigation; home suffers extensive damage (photos & video)

The call for a structure fire at 17 N. Wadsworth St. came in at 6:29 pm. Shortly thereafter, crews from the Geneva Fire Department were on the scene. While the video below depicts a chaotic scene, Geneva Fire Chief Michael Combs reports that when crews arrived — smoke and fire was showing from the second story. Photos from the scene... more

CLEAR EM OUT: Officials ask for residents to clear around fire hydrants

When a winter storm the magnitude of Stella makes it’s way through, leaving nearly two feet of snow (or more) in some areas — it takes some work to get everything back to normal. The roads have improved significantly just one day removed from the biggest winter storm of the season, but Seneca County officials are asking for a hand... more

Investigators: Cause of Keuka Restaurant fire ‘undetermined’

Yates County Fire Investigators have completed the investigation into the fire at the Keuka Restaurant that happened on March 8th around 3 am. They say Penn Yan Police had conducted a vehicle traffic stop on Main St. near the restaurant when they observed that the fire alarm system had been activated within the business. Officers detected the smell of smoke... more

Scotland Rd. fire in Canandaigua ruled ‘accidental’, caused by discarded cigarette

In an update on Monday, officials said that the cause of the fire that happened on Scotsville Rd. was accidental. While the fire was initially called ‘suspicious’ they noted that a discarded cigarette likely caused the blaze, which quickly spread throughout the old home. Dealing with the fire was a difficult task, with dozens of firefighters working throughout the night... more

Investigation into Varick fire underway; no injuries reported (photos)

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday night around 8:30 pm they were called to a structure fire at 5508 State Rt. 89 in Varick. The owner’s of the home, Harold and Sue Jennings arrived home around that time discovering that the house was on fire. No one was present or inside at the time of the fire,... more

UPDATE: Family recounts moments escaping Canandaigua blaze, remains under investigation

For the folks who call 22 Scotland Rd. home, it will be some time before things return to normal. At this point, as fire investigators continue to work at the scene trying to determine what caused the massive blaze at the residence — the three who had to be rescued from the space are recovering. Acting Fire Chief Ben Cramer... more

Conclusions in conflict: State says Aurelius church fire was intentionally set, but county disagrees

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius was a more than century-old building on West Genesee Street Road, and the place of worship for a congregation of about 70. But Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, a flame somehow sparked under the church’s baptismal font, burning for some time through the solid oak base and eventually crawling up the sanctuary’s wall and into... more

Brutus fire the latest in ‘staggering’ number of deadly fires statewide

New York State has had more deadly fire cases than any other state in the nation so far in 2017. There have been 507 deadly house fires across the country so far this year. 30 of them were here in New York; of those, four deadly fires were in the Central New York region. “The numbers across the state are... more

Canandaigua cop honored for saving Waterloo woman while off-duty

An off-duty Canandaigua police officer is credited with saving the life of a neighbor who was trapped inside a burning home in Waterloo. Officer Michael Felice was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award for his actions at the home of his neighbor. Felice, who is a former volunteer firefighter in Waterloo, said he was outside at the time when he... more

One dead after residential fire in Brutus

The Brutus man, who was removed from the residential fire that happened on Thursday has died. State Police say the man has not been identified, but after being transported to the hospital he was pronounced dead. The fire was reported and broke out at 10:49 am. The fire appeared to have started in the back of the structure, which was... more

Port Byron firefighters raise money to restore antique ‘Little Mo’ firetruck

Ervin Rooker said he was just a child when the Little Mo firetruck first rolled into Port Byron. The 1954 Chevrolet was brought into the village fire department’s service on Nov. 27, 1954. Department volunteers still have the old brochures that describe the capabilities of the Little Mo, which is the moniker for that general model of fire apparatus. Rooker,... more
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