MOUNT MORRIS – The Village’s Fire Chief credits firefighters with saving a large barn that was directly in the path of a fire that had already consumed three smaller barns.
Mount Morris Fire Chief Dana Regatuso said that his Assistant Chief, Rodney Cobb, was the first firefighter to the scene on Rte. 408 (Mount Morris Geneseo Road). Mount Morris called neighboring fire departments from Livingston County and beyond, who helped minimize the farm’s losses to three barns out of 10.
“Assistant Chief Rodney Cobb was first on scene and discovered a fully engulfed barn, and the wind blew the fire to fully engulf two others and spread to the front of the large barn,” said Regatuso. “The guys did a heck of a job and saved the big barn.”
Regatuso said that all of the affected barns were empty, with no animals or equipment inside. The three lost barns were the westmost of several close by, up to 10 or 12 depending on whether you consider three conjoined barns as separate structures.
No one was injured. Several ambulances stood by at the scene, including one from Mount Morris Ambulance and multiple with Livingston County EMS.
As of 8 p.m., investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Both the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office are involved in that investigation.
Rte. 408 was closed for over two hours while first responders were at the scene but has since reopened. As of 8 p.m., most fire equipment has left the scene.
Responding fire departments were: Mount Morris, Geneseo, Groveland, Leicester, Cuylerville, Nunda, Dansville, West Sparta and Perry.
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