Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Tractor Trailer and Vehicular Cargo Burn Monday:
Tractor-trailer, cargo totaled in intense Pavilion blaze; Asst. Chief Schiske on scene is SLI's Schiske 
 
By BRIAN QUINN, bquinn@batavianews.com
Add'l. para by Staff, SLDNewsletter
When Pavilion firefighters got to the scene along Ellicott Street Road, they found the sleeper cab of a car carrier along with three cars it was carrying completely or partially on fire. There were explosions as well. No one was hurt. “A couple of tires were exploding on the cars that were burning,” said Pavilion Assistant Chief Tyler Schiske.

Mark Gutman / Daily News -- Town of Pavilion water crews wait for water to return to the hose
as a car carrier burns in front of them at 6905 Ellicott Street Rd., Pavilion.

  
The vehicle carrying several cars was going south on Route 63 when the fire started as it was moving, Schiske said. The driver was out of the cab before he knew there were flames.

"He came to a stop and it became fully involved," Schiske said. "He noticed that he didn't have any air in his air tanks and he got out, and noticed that the truck was fully involved." The assistant chief said he didn't know where the driver, who was not injured, and the carrier were going when Monday afternoon's fire happened or from where they were coming. 

“He came to a stop and it became fully involved,” Schiske said. “He noticed that he didn’t have any air in his air tanks and he got out, and noticed that the truck was fully involved.”

The assistant chief said he didn’t know where the driver, who was not injured, and the carrier were going when Monday afternoon’s fire happened or from where they were coming.

Mark Gutman / Daily News -- Water returns to the hose of the Town of Pavilion water crews 
as a car carrier burns in front of them at 6905 Ellicott Street Rd., Pavilion.

When firefighters got to the scene, it took an hour or a little less to put out the flames. The wind helped to keep more cars on the carrier from catching fire, Schiske said.

Assistant Chief Tyler Schiske is the son of Silver Lake summer residents, Ken and Lisa Schiske of Genesee Avenue. Son, Tyler, "joined the department 15 years ago when he was 17 years old. He is now 32 years old and working his way up the ladder to Chief -- that is a lot of volunteer hours," said Ms. Schiske.

"We are very proud of him," said Lisa when contacted by the SLDN. "The Pavilion Fire Department," said Lisa, "is having an Open House on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 am to Noon and there will be lots of activities for kids and their parents. Hopefully, people will come down, like what they see, and will join our department, concluded Ms. Schiske.

A few more details on the fire are available by clicking on:

“We had a truck break down, so that factored in to not getting the fire extinguished as soon as we wanted to,” the Assistant Chief said. “We used about 10 gallons of foam, about 1,600 gallons of water. It’s just our generic foam we have for our system we have on the truck,” Schiske said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the New York State Police and the Genesee County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Schiske said.

The assistant chief said there were no issues with access to water at the scene. He said there was some liquid spilled, but no environmental issue Monday afternoon.

“We think we’ve got everything contained,” Schiske said. “There was a small leak in the diesel tank. It was contained to this area.” The cause was unknown as of Monday afternoon.

“We believe that it had an engine problem, which made the fire come to the back of the cab and started the back of the sleeper on fire,” he said. “That’s all we know at this time.”

On scene with Pavilion firefighters were firefighters from the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department and the Wyoming Hook & Ladder Co., Inc. Le Roy firefighters were called as well, he said.


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