At 9:05pm Friday September 9th, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fully involved house fire at the Rexford residence located at 6158 Windfall Road in the town of Bath. First officer on scene, 2nd Assistant Chief Michael Fiordo, confirmed this upon his arrival. Chief Joseph Washburn wasted no time to order a second alarm as soon as he came on the air. The fire was hot enough to burn down a 7,200 volt overhead primary power line which was still live and arcing on the ground next to the house. Steuben Rural Electric was requested to shut off the power. When they arrived the 3 phase power had to be shut down to the entire area until the fire was extinguished.Due to the high heat and humidity several other departments were called for manpower to rotate firefighters out to cool off and hydrate. The fire was place under control at 9:52pm, however crews remained on scene until the early morning hours to get into the many fires that were in collapsed areas of the home. All units were cleared from the scene at 4:04am Saturday morning. Just a few hours later units went back to the scene in the day light to wet things down and investigate the cause. The Steuben County Fire Investigation Team was requested to the scene as well to assist in the Investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Mr. Rexford was not home at the time the fire broke out, but 2 family dogs were lost in the fire. The American Red Cross was called in to assist Mr. Rexford.Units that responded to the fire were Bath, Bath VA, Avoca, Kanona, Savona, Hammondsport, Thurston, Cameron, Coopers Plains, Pulteney, Painted Post and Wayne. The Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps. was also on scene to monitor firefighter vital signs and standby for any injuries which remarkably there were none.
John Conrad Sr.
Public Information Officer
The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept.