Bliss

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Attica, Perry, Gainesville, Eagle.

Richard W. Stone, 34, and Marie L. Stone, 34, both of Perry, were charged March 14 with endangering the welfare of a child. The Stones are accused of having unsafe living conditions in the home. The children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services. Richard was also charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree following a domestic incident in the Village of Perry. He is accused of ripping a cell phone out of the victim's hand, to prevent her from calling the police. Both are due in Perry Village Court at a later date. The Perry Police Department assisted Wyoming County Child Protective Services.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and inadequate/no muffler. Gross is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Giovanni Alvarez, 32, of Buffalo, was charged March 19 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Alvarez is accused of stealing a vehicle from a Main Street, Bliss, address and driving it back to Buffalo. The vehicle was then located on East Street, Buffalo, by the Buffalo Police Department. Subsequently, officers located Alvarez and arrested him without incident. He was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Gary Illerbrun, 52, of Perry, was charged March 17 with throwing refuse onto a highway, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater. Illerbrun was arrested following a traffic stop in the Village of Perry. He was stopped for allegedly throwing garbage onto a highway. During the investigation, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies determined Illerbrun to be intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he supplied a breath sample which allegedly showed a BAC of .10 percent. He is due in the Village of Perry Court April 11.

Cory R. Lapp, 24, of Attica, was charged March 18 with driving while intoxicated; operating a motor vehicle with a BAC .08 percent or higher, first offense; failure to yield the right of way when entering a roadway, and failure to use turn signal. Lapp was stopped on Union Street, Batavia, and subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. He is due at 9 a.m. in the City of Batavia Court April 5.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

Morrisville State College, Morrisville, recently announced the students who were named to the dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve an average of 3.0 to 3.99 for the semester and complete 12 credit hours.

The list includes:

    • Sara Haggerty, Patricia Hulton, and Patricia Hulton, all of Arcade;

    • Grace Book of Bliss;

    • Emily Jurek and Patricia Hulton, both of Perry; and

    • Christopher Bush of Silver Springs.

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2017 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2017 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:43 am

High winds yesterday left thousands of residents without power. While power was restored to many customers, power companies report 6,350 residents are still without power as of 6:15 a.m..

RG&E customers without power: 

    • Arcade – 25 

    • Eagle – 27

NYSEG customers without power:

    • Bennington – 1,526

    • Castile – 10

    • Gainesville – 46

    • Java – 1,199

    • Middlebury – 29

    • Sheldon – 1,341

    • Warsaw – 1

National Grid customers without power:

    • Eagle, Bliss, Java, Gainesville area – approximately 589

    • Varysburg, Warsaw, Attica area – approximately – 1,557.

Power companies have been working through the night to restore electricity to county homes and continue this morning.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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An early morning fire at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile, remains under investigation today.

While no injuries were reported, fire crews were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours under Fire Chief in Charge, Castile Fire Chief Bill Dake.

Firefighters from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were assisted by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Damages are estimated at $150,000.

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Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Genesee Community College (GCC), including all seven campus locations in Warsaw, Arcade, Batavia, Albion, Dansville, Lima, and Medina, recently announced the dean’s list, provost’s list, and president’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's list honorees include:

    • Summer Beitz, Alicia Dylag, and Joelle Reiner, all of Attica;

    • Quinn Konfederath and Candace Bliss, both of Bliss;

    • Briona Terray, of Cowlesville;

    • Alyssa Witkowski, of Java Center;

    • Caitlin Pietron, of Pike;

    • Megan Gerde and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

    • Leanna Smith, Bethany Messe, Ciera Rinehart, Alicia Rast, Marissa Allard, and Caleb Miller, all of Perry;

    • Ashley Davis, of Portageville;

    • Heather Herrmann, of Silver Springs;

    • Shelagh Neeley, Makayla Irwin, Samantha Flint, Michael Cedrone, Manoj Rai, Allison Robb, and Sondra Lucas, all of Warsaw;

    • Kali Wright, Samantha Parsons, and Kaeleigh Bean, all of Wyoming;

    • Kaitlin Erb, Dylan Smoot, William Plume, Craig Fitzgerald, Amanda Fuller, and Tyler Marble, all of Arcade; and

    • Kory Debeau, of North Java.

Students named to the dean's list have earned a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74.

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Abigail Skillman, of Arcade;

    • Casey Callahan, Nathaniel Washington, Shirl Clark, Marilyn-Lacy Leto, Lisa Deahn, and Julie Slepinski, all of Attica;

    • Stephanie Kehr, of Java Center;

    • Julia Chojnacki and Rachel Werner, of Varysburg;

    • Andrea Harter, Andrea Prince, and Hillary Shaffer, all of Perry;

    • Kristen Stephany, Zachary Brewer, Ashley Carney, and Delores Cedrone, all of Warsaw; and

    • Christopher Herrmann, of Wyoming.

Students named to the provost's list have maintained part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75.

President's list honorees include:

    • Zachary Harrigan, Steven Boje, Katie Simar, Andrew Hyman, Zachary Wiedemann, Courtney Westberg, Ashley Miller, and Meghan Potter, all of Arcade;

    • Brittany Anderson, Nicholas Shadbolt, Gina Glor, Sydney Breton, Ryan Napieralski, John Burek, Rachel Beck, Courtney Schaller, Savannah Bartosik, Matthew Langerman, Samantha Long, and Brandon Storch, all of Attica;

    • Padraic Brazeau, of Cowlesville;

    • Barbara Brown and Brooke Tisdale, both of Gainesville;

    • Holly Benkleman and Adrian McMahon, both of North Java;

    • Anthony Wolowiec, Madeleine Weisenburg, and Olivia Herrmann, all of Strykersville;

    • Jeffrey Mincer, of Varysburg;

    • Patrick Rice and Adam DeLaVergne, both of Perry; 

    • Paul Torrey, of Silver Springs; and

    • Megan Hollister, Michelle LaBelle, Collyn Frank, Jennifer Cummins, Sarah Ushurova, Aaron Almeter, Micaela Van Buren, Amanda Pahuta, and Tracy Stevenson, all of Warsaw.

Those on the president's list comprised of full-time students who earned a quality point index of 3.75.

GCC offers over 65 academic programs and certificates, including the new Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program. Additionally, the new Nanotechnology degree with ECC focus’s on the microscopic scale for jobs in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine, and photovoltaics.

The college has seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through its online learning program. College housing is available at College Village, Batavia. 

For further information about all of GCC's opportunities, go to www.genesee.edu.

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Perry.
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       Ruth O'Connor  Tammy Unterburger

Ruth M. O’Connor, 37, of Caneadea, and Tammy A. Unterburger, 21, of Bliss, were arrested Jan. 12 during a traffic stop from the Operation Safe Interstate Initiative on Route 390. O’Connor was stopped for a violation, at which time a Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw drug paraphernalia on the driver’s seat. During a roadside investigation, deputies report finding a hypodermic syringe and four bags of heroin. While in custody, O’Connor allegedly admitted to having another bag of heroin and a hypodermic syringe on her person as well. Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Both were also put in Livingston County Jail on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

Jeffrey Sullivan, 29, of Perry, was charged Jan. 12 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, assault in the third degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Perry Police responded to a Covington Street address for a report of a domestic dispute. A 16-year-old female reported that she was in an argument with the suspect. She accused Sullivan with breaking a door during the argument and assaulting her. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He is due in Perry Village Court Jan. 17.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Bliss, SUNY, announcements.

Nicole Pierce, of Bliss, made the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton president's list during the fall 2016 semester.

"Congratulations Nicole," said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. "You have demonstrated a great commitment to your academic studies and should be proud of your accomplishments. In recognition of your success, I am pleased to include your name on the SUNY Canton President's List. Best wishes for continued success in all of your future endeavors."

Pierce is a SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major and a 2007 graduate of Letchworth Central School, Gainesville.

To receive president's list honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Bliss, Letchworth State Park.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo reports a band of lake effect snow producing snowfall rates of about 1 to 2 inches per hour extended along a line from Holland to Bliss to Canaseraga.

Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this band of lake effect snow and is due to impact southern Wyoming County, including Letchworth State Park. 

The NWS warns that conditions can deteriorate rapidly; be prepared for snow or ice covered roads, and allow extra time when traveling.

The snowfall is expected to last until 2:45 p.m..

UPDATE 2:59 p.m.: The advisory has been extended to 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: The advisory has been extended to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

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Davis Valley Farm recently received the Conservation Farm of the Year award by the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD). 

The award is given annually to honor a farm with an immeasurable commitment to soil conservation and water quality protection.

Jim Davis and his wife, Cynthia, purchased the Bliss farm in 1979 after Jim served in Vietnam as a heavy equipment operator and worked on a farm in Sherman.

The farm formed an LLC in 2012, which included his son Jimmy Davis and his wife, Amanda, in anticipation of Jim and Cynthia's looming retirement.

The 500-acre farm houses approximately 310 cows and 310 heifers, and farms a combination of corn silage, grass, clover and alfalfa.

With a contingent of eight employees – six full-time and two part-time – working the farm, they manage the crops and milk the cows in a double-eight parlor. The parlor can also expand to a double 14.

Not only does the herd manager use his experience with the bovines, he also uses two computer programs which provides the milk production and activity data on each cow.

This year the farm constructed a 3.1-million-gallon concrete waste storage tank, which eliminates a weekly liquid manure application, as well as adding other benefits to the farm.

Additionally, the redesigned vegetative treatment area, which receives any high water volume discharge, allows the concentrated low-flow discharge to be collected in a separate tank. This water is used for irrigation purposes.

Other practices the farm use include:

    • Installation of tile lines;

    • Cover cropping;

    • Buffer areas; and

    • Strip cropping.

Next spring, the farm will start injecting liquid manure to its fields. Additionally, the farm maintains a medium Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) permit under the Environmental Conservation law.

Other awardees included: Wilmar Farm, Gainesville; Breezy Arcre, in Warsaw; and Fugle Dairy Farm, Strykersville. Each received the AEM Farmers Partnering to Protect Our Environment award. D & H Excavating, Arcade, received the Ronald P. Herman Sr. Partners in Conservation award.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Eagle, Perry, Arcade, Warsaw.
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     Clifford Murch

Clifford Murch, 20, of Perry, was charged Dec. 8 with rape in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child under 17 years old. Murch is accused of rape following an investigation into an incident that took place in August. He was on parole at the time of the alleged crime. He was jailed on $20,000 cash bail in the Wyoming County Jail. No further information was provided.

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     Harold Ritchie

Harold Ritchie, no age provided, of Perry, was charged Dec. 9 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Perry Police accuse Ritchie with attempting to use a stolen credit card at the Arrowmart in Perry. He was jailed on $1,500 cash bail in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in court Jan. 17. Additionally, Ritchie was on parole at the time of his arrest.

Donald E. Hiller, 71, of Delevan, was charged Dec. 9 with operating a motor vehicle while registration suspended. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Anthony J. Calceterra, 24, of Arcade, was charged Dec. 11 with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and refusing a pre-breath screening device. Arcade Police say the man’s BAC was .12 percent. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Brennan P. Brauen, 28, of Arcade, was charged Dec. 11 with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and “other traffic infractions.” Arcade Police received a report of a car crash on Route 39 near Countyline Road. Brauen is suspected of leaving the scene of the accident and was later found driving on West Main Street in the Village. During the stop, it was allegedly found that Brauen had a BAC of .15 percent. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Marie L. Giambra, 41, of Bliss, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged with burglary in the second degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies charged Giambra following an investigation of a burglary that happened in August in the Town of Eagle. She is accused of stealing a jar of coins and frozen steaks. She is due in the Town of Eagle Court at a later date.

Keith Legge, 44, of Perry, was charged Dec. 9 with two counts of disorderly conduct. Legge is accused of being drunk and creating a disturbance by knocking on apartment doors at 1:40 a.m. Dec. 9 on South Main Street, Perry. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Pike, Gainesville, Bliss.

A cracked flue for a wood burning stove was deemed the cause of a reported chimney fire in Pike yesterday.

Crews from Pike, Bliss and Gainesville fire departments responded to 3 S. Division St., around 5:30 p.m.. Fire Chief in Charge was Pike Fire Chief Rich Vanderploeg and was assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services. 

The fire was said to have started in the chimney and had extended into the wall of the home in the area around the chimney.

No injuries were reported. 

Damages are estimated at $12,000.

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, holidays, Bliss, Lincoln Center, trees.

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As sunlight warmed the earth and the coterie made its way to the top of the hill via a hay ride, a 30-foot tall concolor fir stood wrapped at attention. Spread out before the group was a patchwork quilt of tilled land, the last of autumn’s bounty and deep emerald evergreen trees.

Late morning that November day Bill Domes gave a shout of “you ready?” then pulled the cord of his chainsaw, revved the motor once, and made the first cut into the tree headed to NYC.

For another consecutive year, Domes Tree Farm, Route 39, Bliss, will be the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park, Broadway and 63rd Street, in front of Lincoln Center.

A concolor is similar to balsam fir. It is also known as white fir or Abies concolor, and has blue-green needles that are about a half-inch long, a citrus aroma, and excellent needle retention. A concolor fir was selected as the Grand Champion Christmas tree at the 2015 New York State Fair.

Domes Tree Farm is a family-owned business that’s been in operation since 1952. Current owners Bill and Katie Domes have expanded the business to include a large live tree digging and transport operation. Their specialized tree-moving farm machinery will be used to cut and prepare the tree for its trip to the Big Apple.

According to National Ag Statistics Service, there are nearly 19,000 acres planted in Christmas trees throughout the state – that’s about 19 million trees being grown today.

“We plant about 5,000 to 6,000 trees a year,” Domes said. “It takes longer time-wise and the willingness to dedicate the space to allow a tree to grow that large. It takes 35 to 40 years to get it to 25 to 30 feet. Man, growers don’t want to grow trees that big.” 

To get the fullness of the tree, it takes longer for it to grow. He said his niche in the digging tree market give his farm an edge for the bigger trees.  

The size and shape of the tree is chosen specifically for the space it will occupy. This concolor fir weighs about a ton and was transported to NYC earlier today along with a stand specially designed to hold a tree that size. Made out of thick steel, the tree holder has a dozen 3/4-inch bolts around its center base to hold the trunk of the tree and four legs that will extend approximately 8-feet wide. 

The fir will be the festival’s center piece and feature LED lights as well as old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments by Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading, said event organizers. The tree will be on display through January. Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square is set for Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and begins with the Upper West Side’s only tree lighting ceremony on the main stage at Dante Park.  

The farm will also be supplying a second tree – a Colorado blue spruce – to be placed in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Office building in Harlem.

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square is hosted and produced by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID). The not-for-profit tax-exempt organization was formed in 1996 by property owners, businesses and others with a stake in this Upper West Side community. For more information visit www.lincolnsquarebid.org.

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Monday, November 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

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Seven fire departments responded to a shop fire at 4463 Wethersfield Road, Gainesville, early Sunday evening.

Crews from Gainesville, Silver Springs, Pike, Bliss, Warsaw, North Java, and Alexander fire departments were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the blaze. Fire Chief in Charge was Gainesville Fire Chief Greg Lockwood, Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies. Standing by at empty stations were Arcade, Perry, Castile, Varysburg, Nunda and Fillmore fire departments.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Damages from the fire are estimated at $50,000.

The shop was being used to make craft items for sale at craft shows. 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin Shotgun, Arcade, Bliss, Eagle.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house at 1247 Route 39, Arcade, was already completely consumed by fire.

Crews from Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon, Chaffee/Sardinia, and Yorkshire fire departments were on the scene for five hours Sunday morning battling the blaze.

Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf was the fire chief in charge with Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, Arcade Electric, National Fuel, and Arcade Police Department assisting at the scene. Standing by at empty fire stations included Strykersville and Sheldon fire departments.

No one was home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The estimated loss is $75,000, with the house and contents deemed a total loss.

The investigation is continuing.

Monday, September 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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Remember the old saying “Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire”? While seeing smoke is an obvious indication of fire, more importantly, it’s often the only clue available to predict fire behavior.

On Sunday, the Silver Springs Fire Department hosted Castile, Bliss, Warsaw, Perry, Gainesville, and Sheldon fire departments in burning a house down – with the homeowner's permission, of course.

To keep the “seasoned” members in sharp condition and teach new recruits the art of firefighting in a controlled environment, fire departments hold live burn training exercises as often as they can.

Sunday’s training was held at a home on East Lake and Lake roads, Silver Springs. 

Fire officials say there are four stages to a fire: incipient, growth, fully developed, and decay. For the first stage to start, heat, oxygen and a fuel source combine and have a chemical reaction that results in fire. 

During the second stage, a fire will start to grow as long as fuel and oxygen are available. This is the shortest and deadliest stage of fire. It is during this time that “flashovers” can occur, potentially trapping, injuring or killing firefighters. A flashover is the sudden spread of flame over an area when it becomes heated to the flash (quick or sudden) point.

The hottest phase of the fire is the third stage, when the growth stage has reached its maximum and all combustible materials have been ignited – fully developed or fully engulfed.

The fourth stage of a fire is usually its longest stage. Typically characterized by a significant decrease in fuel or oxygen, there are two common dangers associated with this stage: non-flaming combustibles have the potential of starting a fire if not fully extinguished; and backdraft – when oxygen is reintroduced to a volatile, confined space.

The live exercise helps firefighters learn more than how to fight a fire. Other benefits include: safety and accountability, fire simulations, feeling the heat of a working fire, effectiveness of their equipment and hose stream applications.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

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An electrical power strip was deemed the cause of a three-alarm fire on Route 362 in the Town of Eagle yesterday affternoon. 

Fire companies from Bliss, Arcade, Silver Springs, Castile, North Java, Pike, Strykersville, and Gainesville fire departments responded to the home at 6578 Route 362, Bliss. Assisting departments and Fire Chief in Charge, Bliss Assistant Fire Chief Marc Roche were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, RG&E, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty stations included Varysburg, Yorkshire, Nunda, Fillmore, and Centerville fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for five hours battling the blaze with no injuries reported.

The fire caused an estimated loss of $50,000 and the owners are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

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Lack of daytime manpower within Wyoming County fire departments prompted a call for a third alarm for a fire in Bliss earlier today.

Firemen from Eagle Hose/Bliss, Arcade, Silver Springs, Strykersville, Castile, Pike, and Gainesville, responded to a house fire at 6578 Route 362 around 1 p.m., with Bliss Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Marc Roche acting as the chief in charge. 

Preliminary reports state the fire “appears to have” started in the laundry room, however the cause of the fire remains under investigation. There was no one home when the fire started, but all the pets were able to escape.

Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department and RG&E. Companies on standby included North Java, Nunda, Varysburg, Yorkshire, Fillmore, and Centerville fire departments.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

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At around 2:10 p.m.Tuesday, Perry Police Officer Greg Smith was picking up paperwork at the Village Hall when a 9-1-1 call came in reporting a house was on fire directly across the street from the Village office. 

With crews dispatched from Perry and Perry Center fire departments, Smith spoke with the 9-1-1 caller who stated smoke could be seen on the second floor.

Knowing the tenants who occupied the three apartments could be at home, the officer quickly took action. 

Smith entered the building, knocked on the first door announcing his presence. When no one answered, he smashed the glass out, gained entry, found a tenant and told him to get out because the structure was on fire.

Village Clerk Tisha Sylvester also came across the street and assisted the man with getting his dog. 

The officer then checked the other first-floor apartment, no one was home, but he was unable to check the second floor due to heavy smoke. It was quickly established that all the occupants were safely out of the building and accounted for.

The occupants of the hotel adjacent to the apartment house were also evacuated due to heavy smoke.

Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby took command of the 19 area fire departments responding to the burning structure to try and contain the blaze.

Firemen from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Gainesville, Silver Springs, Warsaw, Pike, Geneseo, Nunda, Cuylerville, York, Leicester, Pavilion, and Le Roy fire departments were on the scene for six-and-one-half hours knocking the fire out. 

Also on scene were Perry and Monroe ambulance with Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Squad 10, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, Wyoming Correctional Facility, RG&E, NYSEG, and the Red Cross assisting. Standing by at empty fire stations included Gainesville, Bliss, Wyoming, Varysburg, and Mount Morris fire departments, as well as Mount Morris EMS. 

One firefighter injured during the incident and taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire was a malfunction of a fan/air purification system unit located in the kitchen of the second-floor apartment.

The blaze caused an estimated $125,000 in damages.

All four adult residents of the complex are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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