Saturday, July 9, 2016

Fire rips through Bath home - 11 fire departments respond

At 1:20 a.m. the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire at 13 West Morris Street in the Village of Bath. The caller stated there may be children inside. The Bath Police Department was first on scene and reported flames blowing out of the windows at the rear of the home. With this report Bath Fire Chief Joe Washburn ordered a 2nd alarm which dispatched The Bath VA, Hammondsport, Kanona, Savona and Pulteney fire departments.

With the warm temperatures and high humidity additional manpower was requested for relief from Avoca, Campbell, Coopers Plains and Wayne to the scene with Painted Post requested to the Bath station for standby. Bath Ambulance was also on scene to check the firefighters for heat exhaustion and to standby for injuries should they happen. One firefighter was transported to Ira Davenport hospital which is believed to be heat related. There were no other injuries.

The residents were not home at the time the fire broke out so the family of
of five, a mother with 2 girls and 2 boys
lost everything in the fire. There were no injuries but the Red Cross was called to assist the family as the home is not inhabitable. All fire units were back in service at about 5:45a.m. The Steuben County Fire Investigation Team and the Bath Fire Department investigators are still on scene at this time to try to determine the cause of the fire.

Respectfully Submitted,
John Conrad Sr.
Public Information Officer
The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept.