GENESEO – At their first meeting since last Wednesday’s fire on Main Street, the Village Board expressed gratitude and deep appreciation for the first responders who contained and battled the blaze, and continue to investigate the scene into Monday, and the businesses who helped first responders do their jobs.
Trustee Ben Gajewski formally presented Geneseo Fire Chief Andrew Chanler’s report to the Board, who all commended the first responders and the community who came together in Geneseo’s time of need.
“I think that’s the best part of small town America. Through this terrible event, everyone came together,” said Trustee Gajewski. “Seven fire departments participated in Wednesday’s efforts, also several businesses. The firefighters all worked together like one department. Many of these were volunteers who worked six-plus hours after a full work day in a town that wasn’t theirs. I talked to a few of them and they were happy to do that.”
Business owners opened their doors to help firefighters however they could. Mama Mia’s and Sweet Arts Bakery brought food to the scene. The 7-Eleven convenience store at the south end of Main Street brought ice. The Riviera Theater brought water bottles. Nothnagle Realtors allowed firefighters to cool off in their air-conditioned office at the corner of Center and Main, and use their restrooms.
Chief Chanler reported that in all, approximately half a million gallons were sprayed on the building and surrounding buildings to contain and fight the fire, which was the most destructive fire on Main Street since 1977.
Geneseo, Avon, Caledonia, East Avon, York, and Mount Morris fire departments responded to the scene, and a Lakeville fire truck filled in at the Geneseo station while Geneseo’s trucks were on scene. Livingston County EMS continued to check firefighters’ vital signs throughout the day’s efforts. No firefighters were injured on scene.
Trustee Gajewski also commended Marty Mincer with Nardozzi Paving, who are working on the water and sewer main replacement on Main Street, for staying on scene long into the night, though he was not called upon by Chief Chanler to assist.
“Marty was clearly aware and on site until after 11 p.m.,” said Trustee Gajewski. “Everyone had a little role, which was incredible to see.”
Mayor Richard Hatheway said that the Village owes a huge ‘thank you’ to all who were involved.
“We need to commend the volunteers for a job well done and express our appreciation for them,” said Mayor Richard Hatheway. “Kudos to all.”