New York News

Friday, April 16, 2021

1 firefighter injured in fire at Staten Island home

A firefighter was injured in a fire at a home in Tottenville on Thursday morning. About 60 firefighters and 12 units responded at 10:12 a.m. to the “all-hands” fire on the first floor of a two-story home at 283 Loretto St., according to a spokesman for the FDNY/EMS and the FDNY Twitter feed. A firefighter with a minor injury was transported to Staten Island University Hospital in Prince’s Bay, the FDNY spokesman said. Firefighters were seen checking attached homes for potential victims and damage. The fire was brought under control in less than an hour at 10:54 a.m., the FDNY spokesman said.
Staten Island Advance

Fire crews called to North Utica business after products self-combust

Fire crews were called to the scene of a fire at Harbor Point Mineral Products in North Utica Thursday afternoon, where officials say products started to self-combust. The fire department was called to the business, which is located on Wurz Avenue, at 11:35 a.m. Harbor Point is a company that supplies ingredients for the pet food industry, and has several mineral and chemical products in the facility. "Products started to spontaneously self-combust and got hot on its own, and set...a wall on fire that's actually between the two vaults," said Utica Fire Chief Scott Ingersoll. "Each vault is about 25 feet tall by 10 feet wide filled with two different types of products. We've identified the products as a palm oil derivative and a sodium bicarb[onate]." Crews had to attack the fire carefully because of where it was located and the products involved.

Firefighter treated for minor injuries in Auburn garage fire

A city firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure after falling off a ladder during a fire that damaged a garage and RV in Auburn Wednesday night. Auburn Fire Chief Mark Fritz said Thursday that the call for the detached garage fire at 34 Burt Ave. came in around 8:16 p.m. A camper was in the burning two-car garage. Fritz said a firefighter was transported to Auburn Community Hospital as a precautionary measure after falling off of a ladder onto blacktop. Fritz said that firefighter has since been discharged. A post about the fire on the AFD's Facebook page noted "one minor injury" at the scene. The garage and camper were heavily damaged, Fritz said, adding that there was minor damage to the house at that address through some melted siding, but the residents were not displaced. No civilians were injured. The cause of the fire was still being investigated Thursday.

Drought expands in Upstate New York, and it’s likely to get worse

More than a quarter of New York state is in a moderate drought, according to today’s weekly report by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Another 50% of the state is classified as abnormally dry, thanks to warm temperatures and little precipitation. Much of that abnormally dry area is expected to sink into a drought, and the moderate drought already in place in Western New York and the North Country is expected to persist, the National Weather Service said. The drought monitor report includes data up to Tuesday, so any rain that fell after that -- not that there’s been much -- isn’t included. The dry conditions in Upstate, and across much of the Northeast, are the result of lower than normal precipitation and higher than normal temperatures.
Syracuse Post-Standard &

Rochester home heavily damaged in fire

A fire spread to the porch and every floor of a Rochester home Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters say the porch was engulfed and there were flames coming from the windows of a house on Ames Street. They were able to get the fire under control in 20 minutes, but the home has extensive damage, and the houses on either side of it were damaged as well. There were people inside when the fire started but they were able to make it out safely.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Fire guts Norfolk garage & workshop

Fire gutted a garage and workshop in the town of Norfolk Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire at 3925 State Route 310. Lost were a Mustang automobile, chain saws, compressors, and other tools. The building and woodworking business are owned by Rick Trimm. The cause remains under investigation but appears to be accidental. Firefighters from Norfolk, Madrid, Norwood, West Stockholm, and Louisville responded to the blaze.
WWNY-TV 7 Fox 28 Watertown

Thursday, April 15, 2021

FDNY hosts ’Medal Day’ ceremony to honor city’s bravest

VIDEO: The heroic work of New York's bravest was honored on Wednesday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro presided over the FDNY Medal Day Ceremony at South Street Seaport in Manhattan. Firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, fire marshals and officers were recognized for their courageous work. There was also a posthumous award for firefighter Daniel Foley, who saved two children from a fire in 2019, just 11 months before his untimely death. "There is not a more deserving Firefighter to receive this posthumous recognition than Firefighter Foley, who was revered among his peers and the members of this department," said Andrew Ansbro, President of the FDNY-Uniformed Firefighters Association.
WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Related: FDNY firefighter who died of 9/11-related cancer awarded medal for Bronx blaze

An FDNY firefighter who died of 9/11-related cancer last year was honored Wednesday for his heroics during a Bronx blaze. Firefighter Daniel Foley was posthumously awarded the Emerald Society Medal at the South Street Seaport for saving two young kids while responding to an early afternoon fire at the Butler Houses on Webster Avenue in Claremont on Feb. 20, 2019. When Foley got to the scene, he spotted “several small hands waving frantically through the thick smoke billowing from the seventh-floor window,” according to fire officials. The smoke eater rushed up the seven flights of stairs and slowed the spread of the blaze to buy some time for other firefighters to bring a hose line. Foley then crawled on his hands and knees to reach the two kids in a back bedroom. Foley died last February at 46 after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer, which the FDNY says was related to his rescue efforts at Ground Zero.
New York Post

1 hurt, found unconscious in Rochester high rise fire

At least one person is in the hospital after a fire at a high rise in Rochester Wednesday night. The fire happened on the ninth floor of an apartment building at the corner of University Avenue and North Goodman Street around 11 p.m. Crews say they found the person unconscious in one of the apartments, and that person was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital. We're working to get an update on the person's condition, but we do know everyone else in the building made it out safely. Firefighters are still trying to figure out a cause.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Recruit NY campaign returning after a year away

Seven volunteer fire companies in Niagara County are signed up to take part in the 12th annual Recruit NY Weekend organized by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York. Recruit NY Weekend is April 24-25. Participating companies include Rapids, Middleport, Terry's Corners, Shawnee, Adams, Active Hose and Wendelville. “Hundreds of volunteer fire departments across New York will be participating in Recruit NY. We invite all New Yorkers to attend an open house and safely experience what it means to be a volunteer firefighter,” FASNY President John Farrell said in an announcement. “After the year we have been through, Recruit NY weekend can provide people with the opportunity to interact with the responders who are dedicated to protecting them.”
Lockport Journal

Mineola student, firefighter dies in hiking accident

Binghamton University student Andrew Desiderio, 21, died in a hiking accident on Monday, according to a Dateline announcement. Desiderio, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, was originally from Mineola, New York. Throughout his time at the University, Desiderio was heavily involved on campus. In 2013, Desiderio joined the Mineola Fire Department and worked his way up the ranks to become a junior lieutenant in 2016. His unit, Truck 2, posted a statement on their Instagram page. Truck 2 said Desiderio loved participating in outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, mountain biking and hiking. “Although he has left us all too soon, we remember that Andrew was doing what he loved,” the post stated. “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Andrew.”
Pipe Dream

Jamestown teenager faces arson charges in 2 separate incidents

A 19-year-old Jamestown man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection to two separate incidents that happened in the past week. Xavier L. Guadarrma has been charged with one felony count of first-degree arson, one felony count of third-degree arson, and one misdemeanor count of fifth-degree arson. He's being held for arraignment. Jamestown Police say the first incident happened at Fifties Grill and Dairy, at 1514 Washington Street, where an employee discovered a fire "and what appeared to be an incendiary device in the bathroom of the business" on Sunday evening, according to a news release. The bathroom wall was partially burned, according to Jamestown Police. Jamestown Police said they identified Guadarrma as a suspect following a review of the surveillance video from the restaurant.
WGRZ-TV NBC 2 Buffalo

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