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Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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The cause of the fire that decimated a home at 3700 Telegraph Road, Eagle, remains under investigation, fire officials say.

Early Thursday morning firefighters from Bliss, Pike, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments responded to the home in Eagle under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge Bliss Fire Chief Clarence George.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, and RG&E. Standing by at empty fire stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for three hours.

Although no injuries were reported, the fire is blamed for the total loss of the home and contents, along with a dog and a bird.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:10 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, Arcade, Castile, Silver Springs.

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Firefighters from Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments scrambled to an early morning fire on Telegraph Road – between Lyonsburg and Centerville roads – in Eagle today.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

No injuries were reported at the time of this post.

Assisting at the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management. Standing by at empty stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:48 am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bliss.

A working structure fire is reported in Bliss at 3700 Telegraph Road. All available manpower from Bliss, Gainesville and Pike fire department is called to the scene.

Bliss command on location reports heavy smoke showing. The blaze has gone to a second alarm.

Arcade firefighters are asked to fill in at Bliss Fire Hall; Castile will fill in at Pike; Silver Springs will fill in at Gainesville.

UPDATE 8:02 a.m.: A rep from the power company is called to the scene.

UPDATE 8:07 a.m.: A rep from RG&E has been contacted; no ETA provided.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:19 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, fire, news, Perry.
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       Brian Clair

On June 13 Perry Police responded to 24 St. Helena St. for a report of a house fire. Following an investigation, Brian Clair, 50, of Perry, is accused of intentionally setting fire to his home with his girlfriend and her animals inside.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Mount Morris, and Nunda fire departments were on the scene for four hours battling the blaze, which caused an estimated loss of $125,000.

Fire Chief in Charge Perry Assistant Fire Chief Fred Eickhoff and firefighters were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry PD, New York State Troopers, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, RG&E, the Red Cross and Wyoming Correctional Facility.

Standing by at empty fire stations included Nunda, Leicester, Pavilion, Pike, and Gainesville fire departments.

Perry Police say Clair prevented his girlfriend from calling 9-1-1 by ripping the phone out of the wall.

He was charged with: arson in the second degree; criminal mischief in the fourth degree; reckless endangerment in the first degree; and aggravated cruelty to animals.

At the time of the fire, Clair was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The two other occupants of the home were being assisted by the Red Cross.

On July 10 Clair was arraigned in Perry Village Court and released to pretrial probation. He is due in court Aug. 1.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, Varysburg.

An overheated electrical circuit sparked an early morning fire at 68 Genesee St. in the Village of Warsaw today.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, and Perry Center fire departments responded to the Genesee Street address around 1:30 a.m..

Assisting crews and Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Chief Joe Cummins included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw PD, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations included Varysburg Fire Department.

Crews were on the scene for three-and-one-half hours with no reported injuries.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damages.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, fire, Warsaw.

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Before David Summers met Warsaw Fire Department Fire Chief Joe Cummins, he didn’t know anyone who was a firefighter. But that all changed for the Warsaw resident shortly after a project he did while in sixth grade at Warsaw Middle School.

David, now an eighth-grader, had always had an interest in helping others and discovered his interest could turn into a career by joining a fire department.

Darlene Clark, David’s teacher, had organized a unit on career research and resume writing for her students at the tail-end of their sixth-grade year. With the help of Warsaw Central School coordinator Renee Duquette, each student was able to choose one career to focus on and further research. The students then created PowerPoint presentations, invited guests into their classroom and presented their research.

Soon after the project, Clark and Duquette arranged monthly after-school visits to the Warsaw Fire Department, where David met Cummins and Warsaw High School upperclassman Matt Ferrin. Matt is a member of the department’s Explorer Program, designed for youth 14 to 18 years old.

“I was a little nervous and intimidated when I first went to the fire hall,” David said. “I didn’t know anyone who is a fireman or had even been in a firehouse before.”

Throughout this past school year, David learned what it takes to be a fireman and that there are both paid and volunteer men and women who serve. He also donned the turnout gear, learned the tools of the trade, and about the multitude of knobs and dials on a fire truck and how they are used during a fire.

“The gear was heavy,” David said.

Yet his sense of pride swelled from the experience, saying he felt like a “real” fireman.

Not only did his meetings with Cummins teach him the skills it takes to fight a fire and operate the pumps and such on the trucks, Cummins also tried to tie the experience in with school lessons in subjects such as math and science – knowledge which is imperative in firefighting.

“Learning about firefighting has helped me with my homework and getting it finished because I focus on my schoolwork more,” David said.

The visits to the firehouse wasn’t just about learning the equipment, he also realized that time is of the essence when it comes to responding to an emergency as well.

On one of the last visits of the school year, David and Duquette had a bit of a friendly competition on who could get the turnout gear on the quickest – for the record, David won. But the highlight of his experience was riding in the fire truck. 

Next year, when he turns 14, David plans on joining the department’s Explorer Program.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.

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An unattended wax melt warmer was the cause of Monday’s fire in Warsaw. The fire, which started in a second-floor apartment at 160 Center St. in the Village, left three occupants in need of assistance by the Red Cross.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were on the scene at the four-unit apartment building for two-and-one-half hours.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins were Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw Police, the Red Cross, and NYSEG. 

The fire caused $15,000 in damages.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.

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A late afternoon fire broke out in a multi-unit apartment building at the corner of Center Street and Oatka Road, Warsaw. Fire officials say the fire was contained to an upper unit of the building.

Crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were assisted at the scene by Warsaw Police and Wyoming County Emergency Services.

No injuries were reported. Several pets, including a cat, rabbit and lizard, were rescued.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Friday’s fire on Devinney Road still remains under investigation.

The dispatch center received an emergency call around 3:30 p.m. June 2, about a house fire at 0 Devinney Road, Wethersfield, which was totally consumed by flames, say officials with Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Crews from North Java, Gainesville and Varysburg fire departments were on the scene for three hours putting out the blaze.

Fire Chief in Charge, North Java Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boorman was assisted at the scene by Emergency Services. Fire departments standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville. 

There were no injuries reported.

The house and contents are deemed a total loss.

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Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Gainesville, Java, Varysburg, Strykersville, Attica.

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A fire on Devinney Road in Gainesville broke out early this afternoon, sending crews from Gainesville, Java and Varysburg fire departments to the scene.

Standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville fire departments. Wyoming County Emergency Services assisted on scene.

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, Pike.

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No injuries were reported in the fire in Castile Tuesday that cause an estimated $65,000 in damages. The cause of the fire at 4294 Fairview Road, Castile, remains under investigation.

Crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Perry Center fire departments were on the scene for two hours yesterday afternoon. 

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Silver Springs Chief John Proper, was Wyoming County Emergency Services. Standing by at empty fire stations included Pike, Gainesville and Mount Morris fire departments.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

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Around 4:40 this afternoon a fire broke out in a home on Fairview Road, Silver Springs. 

Fire crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Perry Center, and Gainesville fire departments responded to the scene, with Pike Fire Department filling in at Castile and Gainesville filling in at Silver Springs.

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

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Photo submitted by Adrian Torres​

Careless smoking was the cause of an early morning fire in the Village of Silver Springs, in which one of the two residents suffered burns. The victim was treated at the scene.

Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Warsaw fire departments were at 10 Ribaud Ave. in the Village Sunday for five hours battling the blaze.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Silver Springs Department of Public Works, and the Red Cross. 

Fire companies standing by at empty fire stations included Bliss and Perry Center.

The occupants of the home are being assisted by the Red Cross and will be staying with family members. 

The fire caused an estimated $65,000 in damages.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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A vacant home, currently under renovations, was the site of a fire in Castile Wednesday. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. at 116 S. Main Street in the Village.

Fire departments from Castile, Silver Springs, Perry, Pike, and Perry Center were on the scene for approximately three-and-one-half hours. Standing by at empty stations included Bliss, Perry Center and Gainesville fire departments. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Castile Chief Bill Dake was Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Department.

The incident caused an estimated $15,000 in damages.

There were no injuries reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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A fire broke out late this afternoon at 100 S. Main St., Castile.

Crews from Castile, Silver Springs, Pike, and Perry fire departments responded to the scene. Filling in at empty stations included Perry Center Fire Department at Castile and Gainesville Fire Department at Silver Springs.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Castile Chief Bill Dake.

The house was unoccupied at the time, as it is being remodeled. 

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, fire, Warsaw, Arcade, Castile.

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Firefighters and emergency responders with the Warsaw, Castile and Arcade fire departments recently received equipment to save a pet’s life.

Amy Pusater, of Project Breathe of NY, stopped by the Warsaw Fire Department earlier today to present officials with two sets of pet oxygen mask kits. The kits includes small-, medium- and large-size masks.

The donation is part of Invisible Fence Brand’s commitment to saving the lives of pets, Pusater says. The company created the pet oxygen mask donation program to provide fire departments and other first responders across the United States and Canada the equipment to save the lives of pets. Fire departments are eligible to receive one kit per station.

According to the Invisible Fence Brand website: Although the U.S. Fire Administration does not keep an official statistic, industry sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires. Most succumb to smoke inhalation.

Officials say the program has saved an estimated 10,000 pets from fires and smoke inhalation.

“We’re excited to be able to add these masks to our organization,” said Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. “We hope that we don’t have to use them, but it’s a great tool to have if needed.

"To many people, myself included, their pet is their four-legged child. If we can help save them, it’s like saving part of the family. We would like to thank Invisible Fence and its Project Breathe Program for the donated masks.”

Fire departments can request a mask kit by clicking here.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:38 pm
posted by Howard Owens in fire, castille, news.

A barn fire, with flames show, is reported at the corner of Middle Reservation Road and Kennedy Road, Castile.

Castile fire dispatch and a second alarm has been called.

UPDATE 10:41 p.m.: Chief on scene says, "I believe it's just a digester."

UPDATE 10:44 p.m.: Confirmed, it's a digester. All responding units can stand down.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm
posted by Howard Owens in fire, Warsaw, news.

A structure fire is reported on a farm at 4085 Quakertown Road, Warsaw.

Warsaw fire responding.

Gainsville, Varysburg and Silver Springs dispatched to staging area for second alarm.

UPDATE 10:06 p.m.: Correction from dispatch, not a structure fire, but an out-of-control brush fire.

UPDATE 10:12 p.m.: Trucks already on the road can continue, all others to remain in their halls. A chief reports, "a pretty large fire." Chief on scene confirms it's a brush fire.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:25 pm
posted by Howard Owens in fire, Pike, news.

A fully involved car fire is reported in the area of 6942 Route 19, Pike.

Traffic is being stopped on the road while Pike fire responds.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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You might be a firefighter if your kids are afraid to get into a water fights with you. Author Unknown.

Humor is a firefighters greatest defense against the images they see when responding to a call, say many of the men and women who make up the all-volunteer fire departments in Wyoming County. 

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