Friday, August 12, 2016

14 departments battle Bath fire

At 9:01 a.m. Thursday August 11, 2016 the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire across the street from the Bath Packing building at the corner of Cohocton Street and Railroad Ave. Bath Village Police were first on scene and confirmed a working structure fire. Chief Joe Washburn called for a full second alarm and the Bath VA for an engine to the scene. The structure was a large barn/warehouse and was owned by Walt Longwell and was fully involved soon after first units arrived on scene. The intense heat caused a neighbors barn to also catch fire causing damage to it and contents of the second floor but was stopped by fire crews. The warehouse was a total loss and contained antiques and vintage signs as well as items stored for the Village Historical Society and the Keuka Lake Players.

As many units were needed to stop the blaze which was placed under control in 1 hour and 10 minutes and control the many exposures, a lot of extra manpower was also necessary to cycle out firefighters for rehab due to the extremely high heat and humidity. Fourteen fire companies in total responded. A bus with air conditioning was supplied by the Bath Veterans Administration for the rehab area. The Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps had 4 ambulances on scene to monitors vital signs of the firefighters and to be ready for any injuries. One Bath firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion but is okay and is home.

The Village of Bath Street Department called in a track hoe from the New York State DOT and the State Environmental Conservation also supplied a track hoe to assist pulling the downed structure apart to aid in extinguishing the fire. Steuben County Emergency Services cordinators, Investigation Team and New York State Fire Investigators also responded to assist with the investigation. The cause has not yet been determined and is ongoing. The scene was cleared at 6:54 p.m.

Fire departments responding were Bath, Bath VA, Hammondsport, Kanona, Savona, Campbell, Avoca, Prattsburg, Pulteney, Painted Post, Wayne, Cohocton, Howard and Bradford. The Bath Ladies Auxillary provided refreshments to the scene.
Respectfully Submitted,
John Conrad Sr.
Public Information Officer
The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept.