posted on February 10, 2014 13:21
A resident assists in a fire fighting effort after fire starts in the attic of a West Main Street Road home.
Town of Batavia fire volunteers were dispatched to the working fire at 3885 just after 8:30 this morning with light smoke creeping from the roof.
Town of Batavia Fire Chief Paul Barrett says City of Batavia crews assisted at the scene because there was difficulty in getting a truck driver to the station at that time due to the slippery roads.
The fire was “confined to the ceiling area and the bathroom and the bedroom area on the second floor,” Barrett said.
Barrett says the resident, Shawn Gaylord, was trying to fight the fire himself with an extinguisher and containers of water.
“I didn’t stop him from fighting the fire because it was working so well until the City (truck) got here just ahead of our truck, less than 30 seconds ahead of our truck,” Barrett said. “That definitely made a difference in this fire.”
Crews were able to knock the fire down quickly. The family will be without their home for a short time as National Grid addresses electrical issues.
Barrett says the cause is believed to be electrical in origin. The damage tab is pegged at $10,000.