Auburn Fire Department helps get man out of Owasco River

The Auburn Fire Department helped a man get out of the Owasco River Thursday night, according to the fire department. Firefighters were dispatched just before 9 p.m. for a report of a man in the river.   Firefighters went behind 147 Owasco St. and were able to verbally led the male out of the water and assisted him up an embankment.... more

Pickup truck bursts into flames after serious crash in Waterloo (video)

West River Rd. was shut down for at least two hours in Waterloo after a single-vehicle crash. Witnesses say a pickup truck swerved while traveling on W. River Rd., struck a utility pole and burst into flames. According to scanner traffic, the driver of the vehicle did make out, but the extent of injuries suffered was not clear. This all... more

Steuben County man convicted of murder in 2016 arson case

A jury has convicted a Steuben County man of murder in connection to a February 2016 arson case. Joseph Meyers, 45, was accused of murdering David O’Dell, then setting O’Dell’s home on fire. According to WENY, a Steuben County jury took less than three hours of deliberation to find Meyers guilty of 1st and 2nd degree murder, 2 counts of... more

Crews respond to Victor house fire

The cause of a fire Wednesday afternoon at a Kensington Court home is under investigation. Several family members were left homeless temporarily after a fire on Wednesday afternoon. Victor firefighters responded to a report of a bathroom fire and crews found smoke showing when they arrived, Victor Fire Chief Sean McAdoo said. “It was a quick stop,” McAdoo said, saying... more

Victor, Fishers Fire Departments closer to merging

Two fire departments in the Town of Victor will merge. It will reduce cost, and according to the plan will provide better coverage for those living in Victor. “We’re in the position that we should go ahead with this. We think it is a benefit for the community. It helps us with safety because it makes sure that we have... more

Auburn home damaged by fire

A fire at an Auburn duplex displaced two families Saturday. The fire, at 137-139 Osborne St., was reported at about 4:47 p.m., and firefighters first on the scene quickly called for additional assistance. Smoke was billowing at intervals from the home as neighbors and other onlookers gathered near the scene at the corner of Lake Avenue. The Auburn Fire Department... more

Waterloo woman charged with arson after Inslee St. fire

A Waterloo woman, who was rescued from an Inslee St. fire in Waterloo was charged with third-degree arson, according to the Waterloo Police Department. On April 26th the New York State Fire Investigation Team completed its investigation into the residential house fire that happened at 43 Inslee St. on February 22nd. Diana M. Fegley, 46, of Waterloo was charged with... more

Victor considers fire-protection options

It’s been a fast-paced, 30-year stretch of booming growth for Ontario County’s largest town. Victor officials expect that trend to continue over the next 20 years, when the town is projected to reach full build-out and with its population climbing to 21,000 from 14,400 in 2014. But while Victor has increased in density and complexity, its framework of public safety... more

A single fire district for Victor?

On May 22, village and town boards will invite residents to weigh in on whether they want to see Victor Fire Department and Fishers Fire District join forces officially, taking their existing day-to-day collaboration to the next level. Residents will also have to decide if they want to share some of the tax burden Fishers residents have shouldered thus far... more

Naples barn destroyed in blaze; two firefighters suffer from dehydration on scene

As the storms cleared out of the area, crews were called to the scene of a structure fire on Eelpot Rd. in Naples. Deputies in Ontario County say that around 8:24 pm they responded to 9030 Eelpot Rd. for the report of a barn fire. When they arrived on scene, deputies found smoke coming from the structure. A neighbor, identified... more

Fire damages Auburn Taco Bell

The Taco Bell restaurant at 168 Grant Ave. in Auburn is closed after a fire Sunday night that caused damage to the building’s rear, exterior wall behind the drive-thru menu and smoke damage to the interior. The Auburn Fire Department said the building was evacuated just before 9 p.m. when firefighters arrived. There were no civilian injuries, though AFD said... more

Bloomfield fire under investigation; auto repair shop a ‘total loss’

An auto repair shop in East Bloomfield was destroyed by a fire early Friday morning. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that they responded, along with several local fire departments to 6756 State Routes 5&20 in Bloomfield to Bloomfield Autobody and Repair for a working structure fire. Deputies arrived on scene to find approximately 30 foot flames coming from the... more

Hearing officer recommended demotion, not firing, for Canandaigua fire chief

The hearing officer who presided over two days of testimony in February recommended that suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette be demoted and no longer serve as fire chief, but did not recommend his termination as the city decided last week. Although the officer, Alan P. Reed — who also is Steuben County attorney — was strongly critical of Marentette... more

CITY OFFICIALS: Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette fired

Canandaigua City Manager Ted Andrzejewski says that suspended Fire Chief Mark Marentette was fired Friday. The reason: Insubordination and mismanagement of public funds. Andrzejewski said the decision was made by assistant city manager, John Goodwin, based on the recommendation of the civil service hearing officer. “We went through the process, the hearing officer rendered a decision and we got the... more

Gov. Cuomo taps top aide to lead re-election campaign

A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been picked to lead the Democratic governor’s bid for a third term. Cuomo announced Monday that Bill Mulrow will serve as the chairman of Cuomo’s 2018 campaign. Mulrow had been working as the secretary to the governor, a high-profile position within the administration. Prior to that he was a senior... more

After Sennett outdoor fire, Cuomo says NY brush burning ban remains in effect

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about the risk of wildfires with warmer temperatures expected this spring. A statewide residential brush burning ban is in effect until May 14. Cuomo also advised residents in eastern New York that there’s the potential for wildfire conditions through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Dryer, warmer conditions combined with gusty winds increases the risk for... more
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