posted on November 12, 2013 07:28
Fatal flames in the Williams Park neighborhood of Batavia.
87-year-old George McConnell of 10 Davis Avenue died early this morning when flames swept the back portion of his house.
His wife, 61-year-old Candace, was led safely from the scene.
Batavia Police Officer Daryl Streeter was first to reach the house:
"When I first arrived on the scene I ran to the back of the house. Candace was right at the back porch. We led her to safety. I made entry into the hosue and got to the kitchen, living room area. I tried to get up the stairs but the smoke was just too intense. I just couldn't do it."
The fire itself was brought under control in about 20 minutes.
Batavia Fire Chief Jim Maxwell:
"We are assuming right now that the fire started in the rear of the structure because that's where the heaviest volume of fire was but we do not have a cause or source."
Maxwell did say that entry into the home was made difficult by what he described as a large amount of clutter inside the house.
Mr. McConnell would have been 88 on Christmas Day.
In Livingston County, fire forced a woman out of her home in the Town of Avon early this morning.
When Livingston County deputies arrived on the scene they found 59-year-old Diane Vonglis hanging out of a second story window with smoke billowing out behind her.
Deputy Timothy Sweeting is credited with rescuing the woman and likely saving her life.
He entered the garage, found a ladder, and guided the woman to safety.
The cause of the fire was found to be a kitchen stove left in the cleaning mode.
The Batavia area received about an inch of snow over night as rain changed to snow early Monday evening. The combination of rain and snow has made for very icy conditions. Roads have been plowed but parking lots and sidewalks are very icy. Caution is advised when walking outside.
Today it will be mostly cloudy, breezy and colder with a couple of snow showers and a high of 35.
Route 20 between Route 238 in Darien and Route 98 in Alexander was closed for about two hours this morning after a tractor trailer truck struck two utility poles.
A second truck apparently became entangled in low hanging power lines and became energized.
National grid says about 57 homes were without power due to the accident. Power has since been restored.
Buffalo Bills fans may not be able to see the team's last two home games in Orchard Park on television. The team has around five-thousand tickets unsold for this Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Also, there are around 20-thousand tickets still available for the Bills home game against the Miami Dolphins on December 22nd.