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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

LATEST: Home on Ovid St. devastated by fire (video & photos)

First responders were called to 71 Ovid Street for the report of a structure fire Monday afternoon. The call came in around 2 p.m. and prompted response from Seneca Falls, Waterloo, Fayette, and Geneva fire departments. Scanner traffic indicates that the home is the one located on the corner of Chapin and Ovid streets. Ovid Street was shut down around... more

“It’s going to be tough forever”: Woman returns home after fatal Palmyra fire

The woman and her grandson injured in a fatal fire this week are both out of the hospital. The fire started just before 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the home on East Palmyra Port Gibson Road. Ginger Sullivan was burned on her hands and face trying to save her 84-year-old mother, Dorothy Bouwens, from the flames. “I think I wouldn’t... more

Dog dies in Manchester structure fire after reported ‘explosion’

Firefighters were called to a home explosion in Port Gibson on Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses said they heard an explosion around 12:30 p.m. at a home along Rt. 31 near Hanley Road. Police say at least two families lived inside the home; and that one family dog died in the fire. No one was at home at the time of the... more

LATEST: Officials give update on fatal Palmyra blaze

The East Palmyra Fire Department was dispatched to 1569 East Palmyra-Port Gibson Road around 2:53 a.m. on Tuesday for a reported structure fire. According to Sheriff Barry Virts, firefighters found a home fully-involved upon arrival. The fire department was assisted by units from Port Gibson, Palmyra, Newark, and Marion – along with ambulances from Finger Lakes Ambulance and Port Gibson.... more

Sheriff provides update on explosion, structure fire at Moore Street home in Waterloo

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce provided an update on the explosion and fire reported in Waterloo earlier this week – noting that the investigation remains active. Deputies responded to 31 Moore Street in the Town of Waterloo for the reported structure fire. When patrol arrived it was reported that the fire was due to an explosion created when work was... more

Two barns heavily damaged by fire on Tuesday

As of 1 p.m. overhaul was in progress at the scene of a structure fire involving two barns on Silver Street Road in Fleming. Fleming, Owasco, Throop, Sennett, Scipio and Union Springs fire departments were on-scene, according to first responders, who said that the two barns were fully-involved when crews arrived. Aurelius’ RIT team was also called to the scene.... more

Video shows large structure fire in Canandaigua overnight, remains under investigation

A barn on Gibson Street in Canandaigua was a total loss after a major structure fire during the overnight hours. The fire was first reported int he area of Wood and Gibson streets. While the barn was located in-between multiple homes — just a few blocks away from Sonnenberg Gardens — no homes were damaged. Working structure fire at 54... more

Fire destroys storage shed, tools in Victor

The cause of a fire that destroyed a storage shed at a Dryer Road home Monday afternoon remains under investigation, but investigators believe the blaze started as a result of a burning brush pile. Victor and Fishers firefighters responded to the call of a structure fire at 7134 Dryer Road, shortly before 3 p.m. Monday. A passing motorist reported seeing... more

LATEST: Fleming field fire caused by resident burning piece of furniture (photos)

On Monday crews responded to a field fire in Cayuga County. The fire was reportedly spreading fast when first responders arrived on-scene — and even approaching a barn. Fleming, Throop, Owasco, Scipio, Union Springs, Auburn and Moravia fire departments were called to the scene on Dietrich Road. Grass fire on Dietrich Rd. In Fleming. pic.twitter.com/X3B1iPWaqR — Kevin Rivoli (@KevinRivoli) April... more

UPDATED: Teen charged with arson after Auburn fire (photos)

A pair of 16-year-olds were arrested and charged in connection with a major fire that was reported Saturday morning. The vacant building, which those in the area say had been empty for nearly two decades — was located on Perrine Street. The two teens, who were seen leaving the building shortly before the fire was reported — were located on... more
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