posted on November 08, 2013 07:22
Fire has extensively damaged one of Genesee County’s largest agricultural businesses.
Flames swept through one building and damaged two others late last night at Baskin Livestock on Creek Road in Bethany.
Before the flames were knocked down, fire fighters from five counties were either called to the scene or placed on stand-by for fire departments that were.
John Szymkowiak was one of the first Bethany volunteers to arrive:
"One building was fully involved and fire was traveling to the others. As always, out here in the country, the lack of water played a role in the knock down."
Baskin Livestock was named the county’s Agricultural Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce two years ago.
Paul Kennedy, a former Dansville Fire Fighter, was among the first to spot the flames and report the fire:
"We happened to be coming down the road and saw smoke that did not look like the smoke we were used to seeing from the (Baskin) stack. We drove closer and saw that a heater between two of the buildings was on fire. It wasn't much to start with but it turned into something real quick with the wind."
No serious injuries have been reported.
The cause of that at Baskin Livestock is under investigation.
The husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks says bid rigging charges against him are politically motivated. Robert Wiesner says his indictment was a blatant attempt by the attorney general's office to embarrass him and his wife. Wiesner says evidence of the political prosecution is the fact that the media was tipped off to the unsealing of indictments, and were there to film as he was led into court in handcuffs.
Closing arguments are expected today in the murder trial of a Virginia man accused of killing Clymer Superintendent of Schools Keith Reed. Anthony Taglianetti is accused of driving to Chautauqua County and killing Reed after finding a sexually charged e-mail between Reed and his wife. The jury could begin deliberating after today's closing arguments.
The LeRoy High School Oatkan Knights go after their 15th sectional title later today.
One of the area’s most successful programs takes on Wayland-Cohocton for the Class C championship.
Last week the Oatkan Knights defeated East Rochester/Gananda 21-14. Peter Privitera scored a 45-yard touchdown to help the Knights take a 21-14 lead with under three minutes to go.
LeRoy is 8-1 this season with their only loss coming against the Red Raiders of Cal-Mum.
The Wayland-Cohocton Eagles are also 8-1. The Eagles’ defense has held their opponents to fewer than 9 points each of the last four games.
The game can be heard on WBTA, AM 1490 and at WBTAi.com. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.