ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Update: December 6, 2020:
Crews with the Albion Fire Department were called to a large house fire Saturday evening on West State Street in Albion. Firefighters said the flames quickly spread to two adjacent residences.
According to firefighters, a male occupant was found at the scene with non-life-threatening injuries consistent from an explosion and subsequent fire. A COVA Ambulance transported the male to Strong Memorial Hospital.
The fire to the homes was extinguished by the Albion Fire Department along with assistance
from numerous mutual aid fire companies. Firefighters described the damage to the home and a neighboring home on East Academy Street as extensive.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Albion Police Department with assistance from
the Orleans County Fire Investigation Unit, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and
Control, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and the Federal Bureau of
“The investigation so far has reveled that the fire started in the attached garage at 221 West State
Street. Because of the initial reports of an explosion and the lack of an obvious cause of an
explosion, Bomb Squad Technicians were brought in to make sure the scene was safe. The safety
of the Firefighters, who had to finish the overhaul process of the scene, and General Public was
made sure of by specialist who determined there was no further risk of explosions,” the Albion Fire Department said.
Original: Saturday, December 5, 2020: A three-alarm fire damaged three homes and a garage in Orleans County early Saturday evening.
It started as a garage fire that then spread to the property’s house and two neighboring houses. Two explosions were heard from the garage before the fire jumped to the houses. Crews across Orleans County responded and firefighters from Genesee County were on standby.
“That was the biggest problem with three structures going at one time. You got several different crews trying to work three structures, and just trying to come up and formulate a unified command, so that were making sure that were able to designate proper resources to each structure to get the fire out as soon as we can,” Lt. John Papponetti said.