Harris Corners

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Sheldon, Harris Corners.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal, two-car accident in Sheldon Saturday.

Deputies say, Jessica Lombardo, 23, of Buffalo, was driving a vehicle east on Route 20A when she crossed over into the westbound lane. A second vehicle, driven by Daniel Scheck, 33, of Buffalo, was traveling west when the two cars collided.

Lombardo was pronounced dead at the scene. Scheck was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Wyoming County Crash Management Team was requested for the investigation.

The New York State Police, and Harris Corners and Sheldon fire departments, and Medic 80 assisted at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:21 am



A passing motorist first noticed the fire at 5905 Curriers Road, Java, around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The driver checked to see if anyone was home and called 9-1-1.

Fire crews from Strykersville, Arcade, North Java, and Sheldon fire departments responded to the blaze under Fire Chief in Charge Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty stations were Harris Corners, Varysburg, and Yorkshire fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the flames, which caused $200,000 in damages. The house was a total loss.

While no injuries were reported, three people lived in the home and are being assisted by family and friends.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.











Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:37 am
Event Date and Time: 
April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm

Harris Corners Gun Raffle will be held April 8, at North Java Fire Hall, 4274 Route 98, North Java.

Grand prize is a 2016 Honda TRX 420, 4x4

Tickets cost $20 and are limited. Call (585) 591-8132 for ticket information.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm



The above photos were taken in the Village of Perry early this afternoon. 

Trees were reported to have fallen across power lines, and power lines were reported down at the "Five Corners" near the Arrowmart at Leichester and Lake roads.

Responding to the scene included Perry and Perry Center fire departments, and Perry Police.











The above photos were taken earlier this afternoon at the corner of routes 77 and 20A. 

Officials say the winds were reported to have peaked at 102 mph, causing three tractor-trailers to get blown over. 

No injuries were reported in these three incidents.

Responding to the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, and Harris Corners, Varysburg, Bennington, Sheldon, Strykersville, and North Java fire departments.

Route 77 was closed for a short time while crews removed the vehicles from the road.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Authorities report Route 77 has been reopened to traffic, the scene has been cleared. However, the light at routes 20A and 77 is still not functioning.



The two photos above are from Route 354 in Bennington. 

One of the trees blocked the eastbound lane of traffic for a short time.

Responding to the scene was the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and a county highway worker.




The three photos above were taken in Attica, in which the Village is reported to have a widespread power outage, along with closed roads due to fallen trees and power lines across roadways.

Responding to the scenes was the Attica Police Department.

Friday, October 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm



As a culmination of Fire Prevention Week, students at Attica Elementary School, Attica, got to spend Thursday (Oct. 6) with local firefighters.

Approximately 30 members of Attica, Cowlesville, Varysburg, Harris Corners and Sheldon fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company gave the kids a firsthand look at the trucks, ambulance, and equipment firefighters use in their job.

“We want the kids to see the equipment so they aren’t afraid,” said Attica Elementary School Principal Dusty Goodwin. “They also get to know the firemen in the community.”

Since the school comprises of kids from multiple towns and villages, more departments became involved so the students would be familiar with firefighters from their area.

“It gets the firemen out into the community as well,” said Attica Fire Department Lt. Nate Coffey. “We went over 'stop, drop and roll' and what to do in case of a fire, how to get out of your house safely.”

Coffey said the kids ask some interesting questions as well like, "What do I do if I have pets? How heavy is the gear? Why do you put it on? How hot is it inside the gear?" And in return, the firefighters ask the kids what their plans are in an emergency. The children also helped the firemen put on their equipment. Additionally, he said most of the kids had stories of their own.

“We also showed a video so the kids know the danger of playing with fire; how dangerous fire is and how fast it can spread,” said Attica Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Captain Ann Lapp. “They don’t know how fast it can get out of control. We talked to them about getting burned and what to do if your clothes catch on fire.”











Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

An early morning fire Saturday left a family of five without a home and caused an estimated $125,000 in damages.

At approximately 3 a.m. Oct. 1, crews from Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, Sheldon, Strykersville, Attica, Bennington and Alexander fire companies responded to 2851 Maxon Road, Sheldon, for a report of a house fire.

Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter was the fire chief in charge with assistance at the scene from Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Warsaw, Strykersville, and Wales Center fire departments. 

Firefighters were on the site for five-and-a-half hours. No injuries were reported.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross and a GoFundMe page has also been set up.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-car rollover accident on Dutch Hollow Road in the Town of Sheldon Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, deputies saw that a male driver, later identified as Peter J. Galioto II, 38, of Arcade, died at the accident. 

Galioto was driving north on Dutch Hollow Road when deputies say, “he lost control of his car and exited the roadway. The vehicle crossed a deep ditch, causing the vehicle to roll.” 

Police say Galioto was not wearing a seat belt.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Crash Management Team was requested to the scene. Also assisting the Sheriff’s Department were: New York State Police, Strykersville and Harris Corners fire departments, Medic 82, and Becker’s Towing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Strykersville, Harris Corners, Bliss, Sheldon.

An early evening fire cause $25,000 worth of damages to an Arcade home Tuesday. The accidental fire started around 5:44 p.m. on a Park Street home in the village.

Crews from Arcade, Strykersville, Harris Corners, Chaffee/Sardinia, and Yorkshire fire departments were on the scene for approximately two-and-a-half hours under the Fire Chief in Charge Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf. 

Assisting local firemen included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Arcade Electric, and the Arcade Police Department. Standing by at empty fire stations were Bliss and Sheldon fire departments.

There were no injuries reported and the three occupants will be staying with family.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 11:06 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, Sheldon.

An electrical issue in a camper sparked a fire around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday on Route 20A, Bennington. 

The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the camper. While the camper was a total loss – $10,000 – firefighters were able to save two nearby sheds.

Crews from Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, and Sheldon fire departments were on the scene for two-and-one-half hours containing the blaze. Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter was the fire chief in charge. 

Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department. Standing by at empty fire stations was Attica Fire Department.

Monday, July 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm



The spontaneous combustion of hay early Sunday morning at the Nickerson Brothers Farm on Curriers Road, Arcade, caused $35,000 in loss and the response of a dozen fire departments.

Crews from Arcade, North Java, Strykersville, Sheldon, Harris Corners, Bennington, Pike, Bliss, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, and Farmersville fire departments and companies, were on the scene for seven hours with no reported injuries.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Arcade Assistant Fire Chief Nick Siminski.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Arcade Squad 10, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty fire stations were Bliss, Varysburg, Wales Center, Holland, East Aurora, Machias, and Centerville. 

Firefighters removed 150 tons of chopped hay –  used for bedding cows – from the barn to prevent further damage to the structure. 

See previous coverage: No injuries reported in a barn fire on Curriers Road in Arcade





Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm



A barn fire was reported at approximately 9 a.m. on Curriers Road, Arcade. 

Crews from 13 area fire departments have been on the scene for several hours removing loose hay from the barn to contain the fire. 

Departments and companies on scene included: Arcade, Harris Corners, Bennington, Strykersville, Sheldon, Pike, Bliss (Eagle Hose), North Java, Wyoming Correctional Facility, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, and Farmersville. On standby were Strykersville, Varysburg, East Aurora, Wales, and Machias fire departments. Third Assistant Fire Chief Nick Siminski of the Arcade Fire Department was the chief in charge. 

According to Wyoming County Emergency Services, crews will be on the scene for a good portion of the afternoon.

There were no injuries reported to crews or the animals housed in a nearby barn. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 4:46 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Strykersville, Harris Corners.













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Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1:26 pm



Press release and file photos.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies throughout Wyoming County, and the state, will hold open houses on April 23 and 24 as part of RecruitNY. The campaign aims to encourage residents to join the ranks of volunteers. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is teaming up with Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services to sponsor this volunteer firefighter and EMS recruitment drive. 

“We are fortunate to have dedicated men and women serving our communities as firefighters and EMS personnel, but we need to make sure we bring in new recruits to answer the call,” Gallivan said. “Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience and a wonderful way to help your neighbors in a time of need. I encourage everyone to visit their local fire hall to find how to get involved.”

According to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, a nonprofit organization that supporters firefighters, there are over 100,000 volunteer firefighters statewide. That’s down from 120,000 in the early 1990s.

The recently adopted state budget includes $250,000 to promote and support recruitment of volunteers. 

For more information on recruitment weekend, contact Wyoming County Emergency Management at (585) 786-8867.





Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10:44 am



A work light ignited by gas sparked a fire Saturday afternoon in Bennington.

Nine fire departments and companies responded to the Clinton Street address around 2 p.m.. The homeowner was working on a pickup truck inside the attached garage when gasoline was ignited by the light. The man suffered second-degree burns to his hand and was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment, and subsequently released. 

Bennington Fire Chief Jim Dick was the fire chief in charge of crews from Bennington Fire Company and Cowlesville, Attica, Sheldon, Varysburg, Harris Corners, Darien, Alexander, and Wyoming Correctional Facility. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, the New York State Police, New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Electric and Gas Corp., Bennington Squad 10, and Cowlesville Squad 10. Fire companies standing by at empty stations included Sheldon, Strykersville, Marilla and Wales Center. 

It took four hours to put out the blaze that caused an estimated loss of $150,000.




Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 11:14 am



An early afternoon fire sent crews from eight area fire departments to 1130 Route 354, west of Route 77, in Bennington. 

According to Fire Chief in Charge, Bennington Fire Chief Jim Dick, preliminary reports state the fire started in a vehicle in the attached garage.

Members of Bennington Fire Company, and Sheldon, Attica, Harris Corners, Cowlesville, Varysburg, and Darien fire departments were on scene with mutual aid from Wales Center Fire Department. Also on scene was Alexander Fire Department’s FAST team (Fire Assist and Search Team). Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services.

One person is reported to have received minor burns and was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Monday, November 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

Items close to a light bulb sparked a fire Nov. 28 on Midland Drive, Java, causing an estimated $100,000 in damages.

North Java Fire Chief Doug George led crews from North Java Fire Company, and Varysburg, Strykersville, Arcade, Bliss, and Sheldon fire departments. Fire personnel were on the scene for five hours with the assistance from Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming Correctional Facility, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations included Varysburg, Harris Corners, and Warsaw fire departments.

According to a Wyoming County Emergency Services report, a neighbor was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The fire was deemed accidental.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm



Do you remember the story of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and the Great Chicago Fire? According to legend, Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole City of Chicago on fire Oct. 8, 1871.

In two days, the blaze killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres. For more than 140 years people have been blaming the fire on the cow and Mrs. O’Leary, despite solid proof they were the culprits.

But some good came of it, nonetheless. In addition to being a source of countless tales of bravery and heroism, it changed the way firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety.

The Fire Marshals Association of North America (known today at the International Fire Marshals Association) decided in 1911 to observe the anniversary of the fire by keeping the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. Then Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record, according to the National Archives and Records Administration.

Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. Since 1927, the week has focused on different aspects of fire prevention. This year, the theme is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep" -- emphasizing that every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.

Today, students from Prospect Elementary School, Attica, learned about fire safety when they met with members of Attica, Varysburg, and Harris Corners fire departments, and Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies.

For more information about fire prevention visit http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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Friday, September 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm



An early morning fire in Varysburg leveled the hamlet’s founding father’s home.

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) crews were beginning repairs on Route 20A at Creek Road, Varysburg, when DOT officials spotted the fire.

Volunteers from Varysburg, Attica, North Java, Harris Corners, and Alexander fire departments were on the scene for approximately four hours. The Fire Chief in Charge was Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter.

Route 20A was closed for several hours this morning, then reduced to one lane for the road repairs. The road is fully open at the time of this posting.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Assisting on scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Of particular note, the unoccupied home was the original homestead of William L. Vary, after whom the hamlet is named after.

Varysburg lies in the valley of the Tonawanda Creek – meaning “where the waters are rapid” in Seneca – within the town of Sheldon. It was at this site in 1805, that Vary and his family had initially settled.

Prior to the War of 1812, Vary was appointed a colonel in the militia. After the war, Vary constructed his new home around 1815, thus, Varysburg was named.

Although much has changed in the 200 years since Vary first settled the area, during its heyday – 1870 – Varysburg was home to two churches, a Methodist church and a Free Will Baptist church; two dry-goods stores; one hotel; a district school; a select school; one tin shop; two blacksmith shops; one grist mill; one saw mill; a cheese factory; and 200 residents.

While a piece of history has been lost, no injuries were sustained in the fire.





Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:15 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, Harris Corners, Sheldon.

An overheated trouble light was the cause of a house fire in Arcade Thursday morning. 

Arcade, Strykersville, Harris Corners, and Yorkshire fire departments, and Chaffee/Sardinia Fire Company responded to the Main Street home at 9:21 a.m.. 

Arcade Asst. Fire Chief Chris Lester was the fire chief in charge of the scene with Bliss Fire Department and Sheldon Fire Company standing by at empty fire stations.

The fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damages to the rental property. The home was undergoing remodeling at the time of the blaze and was unoccupied.

Crews were on the scene for two-and-a-half hours with assistance from Wyoming County Emergency Services, Arcade Electric and the Arcade Police Department.


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