Chimney Fire Ruins Hand-Built Livonia Home

LIVONIA – A Livonia homeowner is without the home that he built himself on Livonia Center Road. John Freestone says that the fire started in the chimney to the coal stove. He tried fighting the flames himself until they got out of hand at about 10:40 a.m. "The fire started in the tar around the chimney and spread into the roof," said Freestone. "I couldn't get to it with the handheld extinguisher. At that point, I knew it was time to call. … [Read more...]

Fire Destroys Nunda Garage


NUNDA – A fire destroyed a large garage on Tuesday. According to first responders, the garage was a total loss. The incident occurred on Rte. 15 (Creek Road). The Livingston County Sheriff's Office Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Identification Unit were on scene. Responding fire departments included Nunda and Dansville. Note: This story originally incorrectly said that the fire occurred in West Sparta. … [Read more...]

Lima Family Loses Home to Fire

LIMA – A family of seven lost their home to an attic fire Tuesday evening. According to first responders on scene, family members were home to notice the smoke and call 911 quickly, but smoke and water damage make the home uninhabitable. "Fortunately, everyone made it out safely," said Lima Fire Chief Jim Pribanich. "They called right away and it happened in the late afternoon just as everyone was getting home from work so we had good … [Read more...]

Truck Burns at Fastenal in Avon

AVON – A dump truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon outside of Fastenal on Rte. 15 (Lakeville Road). According to eyewitnesses, the smoke was visible from I-390 nearby as the fire started just before 3:30 p.m. Firefighters with the East Avon Fire Department responded to the scene alongside multiple assisting departments. There are no reported injuries. Investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the fire. Fastenal sells … [Read more...]

York Garage Burns after Jeep Trouble

YORK – A Jeep is to blame for a fire that destroyed an attached garage and nearly damaged a house on Telephone Friday afternoon. According to first responders on scene, at about 2:30 p.m. a man drove home and parked his Jeep near his garage, observing that its engine was not running very well. He went inside the house for a few minutes and when he returned, ready to take a closer look at the engine problem, the garage was on … [Read more...]

Dansville Firefighters Save House from Dryer Fire

DANSVILLE – Dansville firefighters put out a fire that could have seriously damaged a home on Rte. 436 (Nunda-Dansville Road) on Tuesday. First responders on scene said that a clothes dryer caught fire, creating smoke and threatening to spread to the rest of the house. Firefighters arrived at about 2:25 p.m. and quickly knocked the fire down with hose water. Firefighters then hauled the destroyed dryer onto the lawn, where they disassembled … [Read more...]

Spooky Coincidence: 2 Combines Burn Together in Lima and Livonia

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Two Livingston County combines were the victims of uncannily coincidental fires Saturday morning. According to the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center, the calls for the two fires were just 7 minutes apart. The Lima fire was first, at 11 a.m. on Woodruff Road at Poplar Hill Road. At 11:07 a.m., a call went out for another, unrelated combine fire on South Lima Road in Livonia, just about a mile … [Read more...]

Combine Burns Up in Mount Morris Field

MOUNT MORRIS – A farmer's combine caught fire while harvesting a field on Barron Road Friday afternoon. First responders said that the only casualty was the combine, which was a total loss. First responders said that a large burned arc surrounding the combine suggests that the machine caught fire while it was still operating. The fire started at about 2:30 p.m. The smoke was visible for many miles in each direction. By 3:10, … [Read more...]

Burn Barrel Sparks Shed Fire in Livonia

LIVONIA – A fire destroyed an outdoor shed and all of its contents Thursday night. According to Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, a nearby burn barrel appears to have sparked the shed fire. First responders arrived at the address on Blank Road to find the structure fully engulfed in flames. The shed and all of its contents were total losses. Investigating Deputies found that the fire was not suspicious. … [Read more...]

York Feed Fire Makes Cows Frown

YORK – A feed pile caught fire Wednesday afternoon, causing some damage to a storage barn on Craig Road and ruining some feed for a local farmer. Five fire departments converged on the farm, not named at the request of the farmer, just before 12:30 p.m. to thoroughly spray all of the feed in the barn. The farmer moved feed from the barn into the open with a front-end loader so that a ladder truck from Caledonia could spray it from … [Read more...]