Residents escape Albion blaze Friday
Investigators were looking into the cause of a fire Friday morning at 215 and 217 E. State St. after several residents got out safely, including one male initially believed to have been trapped inside.
Albion Police Officer Nathaniel Staines said police arrived a couple of minutes before other responders. The initial call came in at 8:03 a.m.
“When we first got here, it looked like most everybody was out. They were confirming that nobody else was stuck inside. The front was full of smoke, the side was flames showing,” he said.
As personnel were determining whether they needed to go in and were updating the dispatchers, Staines said, one last person, initially believed to have been trapped in the residence at 215 East State, came out on his own.
“At that point, we confirmed everybody was out of the house. A couple of minutes later, it was all squared away. Everybody was accounted for,” Staines said. “We were here in less than a minute. Dispatch did a great job of dispatching the police as well as the fire companies here, so we were right around the corner.”
County Director of Emergency Management Dale Banker said, “I think three or four residents were treated on scene by COVA Ambulance.”
Albion Fire Chief Rob Conner said the call came in as a possible structure fire with smoke showing.
“The first units got here, saw smoke coming from the structure, then we activated our second alarm,” he said. “I’d say probably within 10 minutes, we were on location.”
The fire affected the residences at both locations, though 215 East State seemed to have more exterior damage. Responders said 215 and 217 are attached.
“I believe the crew entered the structure on the 215 side, then they found the fire coming from the apartment over here,” Conner said.
The Red Cross was at the scene to assist several residents — mostly residents of 215, the fire chief said.
“We had a couple of firefighters with heat exhaustion. Other than that ... the occupants got out fine,” he said.
One of the Albion firefighters was taken to Rochester Regional Health-United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia as a precaution.
Fire investigators were at the scene, the chief said.
“They’re trying to determine where it started ... It did start in 215 somewhere, we’re not sure where,” he said Friday morning.
Conner said he believed 215 and 217 East State were each a total loss, but said that would be up to code enforcement staff.
“Definitely, 215 would be a total loss, I believe. There was fire damage and smoke on the other side (217),” he said.
Firefighters were dealing with hot spots on the structures Friday morning and there was going to be quite a bit of overhaul to do to get to the rest of the fire, Conner said.
Mutual aid came from the Brockport, Elba, Barre, Carlton and Murray fire departments. An ambulance from Medina was on scene. Ridgeway firefighters stood by in Albion’s station, town of Batavia firefighters were on standby in Barre, and Spencerport firefighters were at Murray, Conner said. National Grid and NYSEG were also on scene.
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