Yates County home ‘a total loss’ after fire

A home on Italy Turnpike Road was “basically a total loss” after a fire Tuesday afternoon, according to Naples Fire Chief Patrick Elwell. The cause of the fire, which Elwell said apparently started in the building’s rear in the area of a utility/laundry room and bedroom, is under investigation by Yates County Emergency Management. Naples firefighters were on the scene... more

HELMET CAM: Canandaigua firefighter responds to vehicle fire (video)

The view from the helmet of a City of Canandaigua firefighter’s helmet as he responds to a vehicle fire at Leicester Street and Niagara Street on Thursday, July 12th just before 1:30 pm. This video was posted on Tuesday evening to YouTube and is an interesting look at the response of a local firefighter to a fire call… . more

Apartment building fire in Auburn shuts down local streets

Firefighters are battling a blaze on Washington Street in Auburn, according to the Auburn Citizen. The apartment building, located at 5 Washington Street was called in around 8:30 am. Assistant Fire Chief Mark Fritz said all occupants of the apartment building are out and accounted for. The area was shut down to traffic. This story will be updated as more... more

Over a dozen fire companies called to Cato blaze on Friday (photos)

It took firefighters from four different counties to battle a garage fire that spread to another garage, and a home at an address in the village of Cato on Friday. The call came in around 2:20 pm for a garage fire at 2527 West Mechanic Street; and less than 15 minutes later – it had spread to a neighboring garage,... more

Crews respond to car fire near Eastview Mall

Multiple departments responded to Eastview Mall on Thursday for the report of a care fire. Videos and photos from the scene posted to social media showed the response. @13WHAM #eastviewmall pic.twitter.com/IEfbNymkoX — Greg Roland (@gregroland17) July 5, 2018 Fishers Fire Department responded, but injuries were not noted. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Read more from... more

Boat bursts into flames near Kershaw Park on Saturday (video)

Four people and three dogs suffered just minor injuries after a boat burst into flames near Kershaw Park on Canandaigua Lake Saturday. Deputies say Eugene B. Allaire, 56, of Penn Yan was aboard his 1989 Thompson Brothers boat with his passengers on the north end of Canandaigua Lake near Kershaw Park when a fire broke out near the engine compartment... more

Auburn Fire Department deals with an increase in medical calls on a sweltering Saturday

The Auburn Fire Department responded to several heat-related medical calls Saturday. Assistant chief Bill DiFabio said the department had been receiving multiple calls throughout the day to check on people who appeared to be passed out or having other medical issues due to heat. In one instance Saturday afternoon, a call came in about a man whose head was down... more

Joint fire district moves closer in Victor

Village and town officials convened Monday to hear public input on a proposed self-governed joint fire district that would protect much of the town and village of Victor. Town Board members voted almost immediately to approve the formation of the district, which would be empowered to levy taxes to cover the cost of fire protection. Village officials wanted to have... more

Rope rescue team helps child to safety along Cayuga County nature trail

Rescue personnel from several Cayuga County agencies banded together to help a child out of a precarious position Thursday evening. Dolores Bochenek, first assistant chief with the Union Springs Fire Department, said a minor had climbed into the gully at Great Gully Cove in Springport Thursday and was unable to climb out by herself. The girl was off a hiking... more

Senate unanimously passes bill to promote youth involvement in local fire departments

Senator Pam Helming announced that the New York State Senate unanimously passed a bill that she sponsored to promote youth involvement in local fire departments. The measure would create youth programs that facilitate a learning experience for our young adults interested in the firefighting field. “Our local firefighters do an outstanding job of serving and protecting our communities in times... more

Camper fire reported in Union Springs on Saturday

First responders in Cayuga County were called to a camper fire in Union Springs on Saturday afternoon. The report came in a little after 6 p.m., according to scanner traffic. Union Springs, Cayuga, Throop, Montezuma and Aurora fire departments were called to the scene. Reports indicate that the fire was started by a child at the location, but that detail... more

Auburn firefighters participate in rescue training at city landfill

A few years ago, firefighters were called to the vacant Dunn & McCarthy site on West Street in Auburn, where a 12-year-old boy had sunk waist-deep in wet, grainy soil. The soil had become quicksand, and rescuers knew they had to act fast. Auburn’s Assistant Fire Chief Bill DiFabio said the team’s trailer of tools arrived at the scene within... more

Crews respond to camper fire in Junius

First responders in Seneca County were called to a camper fire on Gassner Road around 12:30 p.m. Law enforcement quickly arrived on-scene, along with the Junius Fire Department. Magee Fire Department was placed on stand-by as firefighters battled the blaze. Around 12:50 p.m. the fire was reported out – and overhaul was in progress. This story will be updated as... more

UPDATE: Elderly woman ID’d as second victim in fatal fire in Naples (video)

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero called the deadly fire in Naples ‘devastating’ and said that it would be a time consuming and involved process as crews continue working at the scene. Family has been notified, but at least one person is dead after a fire ravaged a ranch style home on County Road 36. “The destruction caused by this fire... more

Ionia Volunteer Fire Co. rebuilds after station fire

An official grand opening and dedication for the Ionia Volunteer Fire Co.’s new fire station — constructed to replace the original building destroyed by a 2015 fire — is planned for July 28, the third anniversary of the blaze. The Ionia Volunteer Fire Co. was organized in 1954, with the original two-bay building built in 1955. An addition was added... more

Volunteers to install 100 free smoke alarms across the Finger Lakes

The American Red Cross is getting ready to Sound the Alarm against home fires. From April 28th to May 13th, thousands of Red Cross volunteers and partners across the country will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in just 16 days in communities at high risk for fires. Volunteers will be installing 100 free smoke alarms across Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and... more
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