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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

One person taken to hospital after second-alarm blaze in Brockport

One person has been taken to the hospital for treatment following a second-alarm fire in Brockport. The call for the home on Spring Street came in at 7:40 p.m. The first crew on scene faced heavy smoke and flames from the first floor, according to Brockport Fire District Public Information Officer Christopher Martin. A second alarm was declared just before 8:30 p.m. and surrounding departments responded. "Your first goal is to make sure nobody is inside and nobody's injured and then your second goal is to extinguish the fire," he said. The person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. It is unclear at this time how much the residence was damaged. Spring Street is expected to be close for several hours. Martin said the cause is under investigation.
WHAM-TV ABC 13 Rochester

FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums Band to Perform in Virtual Inaugural Parade

VIDEO: Amid the pandemic, it’s been some time since the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band performed publicly. On Wednesday, that will change when members take part in this year’s Inauguration Day festivities . "It was a great honor to be asked by the department to participate in this inauguration parade," said band manager and FDNY Captain Kevin Haugh. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Haugh, who spoke with NY1 about the experience on Tuesday at EMS Station 18 in the Bronx. Haugh said it's the first time the band will participate in an inaugural parade. In 2017, their NYPD counterparts went to Washington D.C. to perform when they were asked participate in President Donald Trump's inaugural parade. Now, it’s the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band that gets an opportunity to shine. "It's actually going to be nice for us," Haugh said. "COVID has affected a lot of things. We haven't been out to any parades. All the parades have been canceled."
Spectrum News

Fire destroys Chappaqua garage

VIDEO: A fire destroyed a garage in Chappaqua on Monday night. Chappaqua firefighters responded to the scene on King Street around 10:30 p.m. and found the detached garage fully engulfed in flames. The fire was put out in about five minutes. No injuries have been reported.
News 12 Hudson Valley

Ex-FDNY Member From Long Island Charged In Connection To Capitol Riot

A retired New York City firefighter from Long Island who photographed himself inside the U.S. Capitol during the deadly pro-Trump riot earlier this month is facing criminal charges for his role in the insurrection, officials announced. Freeport resident Thomas Fee, age 53, was charged over the weekend with violent entry, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, though he is yet to be taken into custody, according to reports. It is alleged that Fee drove to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 5 to attend the riot at the Capitol the following day. According to reports, a vehicle registered in the retired firefighter’s name was caught crossing the Verrazano Bridge on his way to the protest.
Suffolk Daily Voice

Congressman: $34,000-plus in federal funding to keep Western New York firefighters & communities safe

Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced federal funding totaling more than $34,373 for several Western New York fire departments toward the purchase of personal protective equipment to keep firefighters and the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higgins said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has made the job of keeping our community and families safe much more difficult for our first responders. We commend our local fire departments for adapting to the numerous challenges and are proud to see this federal funding go towards protecting them, as they fearlessly protect us.” The funding, provided through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and approved by Congress in the CARES Act, will be used for the purchase of personal protective equipment and related supplies during the pandemic, including eye protection, isolation gowns, gloves and respirators.
Niagara Frontier Publications

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Woman, two children found dead in Hamburg fire

VIDEO: Investigators in the Town of Hamburg are looking into the cause of a fire that took the lives of a woman and two children. Firefighters were called to a house at 4740 Newton Road just after 2 a.m. Monday. They tried to enter the home with a hose line, but encountered intense heat, flames and smoke as the structure was fully engulfed. A woman and two children were found dead inside. Two men found outside suffered minor injuries and were taken to ECMC. Police still have not identified any of the victims. Neighbors told 2 On Your Side that they did not know the family that well but did observe a boy and a girl get on and off a school bus and that an adult male would greet them.
WGRZ-TV NBC 2 Buffalo

Police Investigate Arson of Historic ‘Halloween House’ in Poughkeepsie

VIDEO: Members of the Church of Satan are grieving the destruction of a historic “Halloween House” north of New York City that authorities say was set ablaze last week by an unidentified arsonist. The historic home, built in 1900, served as an Addams Family-style hub for local adherents of the religion, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. One member of the church likened the arson to a terrorist attack. “Everybody’s in shock and everyone in the neighborhood is worried," the member, who goes by the name Isis Vermouth, told the newspaper. "Whoever did this is going to be hexed by all of us.” “Now there’s going to be hell to pay,” Vermouth added. Surveillance footage shows a man walking up to the house after 5 a.m. Thursday with two gas cans, splashing liquid on the front porch and igniting it, people said. Two people escaped the house unharmed, authorities said.

FDNY: 6 tenants hurt in Belmont apartment building fire

Dozens woke up to smoke Monday morning after a fire erupted inside an apartment building in the Belmont section of the Bronx. The smoke was so thick, residents say they couldn't see as they rushed to get out of the building at 2311 Southern Blvd. The FDNY confirmed a fire broke out in the trash compactor on the 11th floor just after 7 a.m. Almost 80 firefighters rushed to the scene, with some breaking in doors to get residents out of the top floors of the building. Many of those people who were trapped said they never saw flames, but instead black thick smoke that they couldn't see and could barely breathe. Some said they were woken up by the smoke, while others heard the blaring fire alarm. Officials said six people were hurt, with five of them taken to the hospital and one staying on the scene. They are all expected to be OK.
News 12 Bronx

Two fires erupt within hours of each other at Brooklyn church

Fire officials are looking into what sparked at least two blazes that drew firefighters to a Brooklyn church twice within about five hours Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving considerable damage. The Fire Department and the pastor at the Tabernacle of God in Christ Jesus say the first fire happened around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. The pastor, Ezell Brown, told local media that he smelled smoke and found a garbage can ablaze near the back of the church, in the Crown Heights neighborhood. Firefighters quickly put the flames out at that point. Then, around 12:30 a.m. Monday, they were called to the church again for a bigger blaze.
WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York

1 Person Transported To Hospital After Wantagh Fire

One person was treated for smoke inhalation after an early morning fire broke out on Helene Street in Wantagh on Monday, Nassau County police said. Police dispatchers were notified of the fire at about 12:17 a.m. and when officers arrived they saw "heavy smoke" billowing from the home, according to a police spokesman. The residents of the home, a two-story Country Cape, were able to escape the home, and the one person who was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation was transported to a local hospital as a safety precaution, police said. The Wantagh Fire Department received several calls from area residents about the fire, according to Kevin Regan, public information officer for the department. "The fire was apparently in the basement and had already extended to the first floor," Regan said.
New Hyde Park Patch

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