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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FIRE NEWS: Three Fires In Elmira, New York Area

Fire Breaks At Grand Central Fitness in Horseheads, N.Y.

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – A fire that sparked early Wednesday morning at a popular fitness center in Horseheads is now out.

The original call went out before 3:30am, for a fire at Grand Central Fitness, which is located in the Grand Central Plaza, Horseheads. 

Multiple fire departments were called to the scene to battle the blaze.

Officials tell WETM 18 News there is significant smoke damage and part of the front roof collapsed.

There is also some smoke damage to the Kmart and tanning salon which are adjacent to the fitness center. 

The Grand Central Plaza is reopened.

Officials said, call the store you plan to visit ahead of time to make sure its open for the day. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Fire Destroys Family Home in Baldwin, N.Y.

Baldwin, N.Y. (WETM-TV) - Tuesday evening, a garage fire completely destroys a family home on Federal Road in Baldwin. 

The Deputy Fire Chief tells WETM-TV his team saw smoke coming out of the house when they arrived on the scene a little after 3PM Tuesday afternoon. 

Crews had to use a four-wheeler to bring their equipment up to the home. 

The house is located on a hill on Federal Road and access to that hill is limited. 

It took the fire department awhile to put out the fire because of this limited access.

The icy conditions didn't help them either.

Two people were inside at the time: one of them is the Deputy Chief's brother who is also an Assistant Fire Chief. 

Deputy Fire Chief, Paul Steiner says, "They were in the house at the time, and the fire was in the garage, but they were able to escape safely. I believe two cats were in there that they may have lost."

The family was able to escape safely. 

Deputy Chief Steiner tells WETM-TV the fire started in either the walls of the garage or the barn next to it. 

Fire investigators are still trying to determine a cause. 

The Red Cross is assisting the family. 

They will be staying with friends who live in the area. 

Auto Repair Shop Fire Blamed On Kerosene Heater in Elmira Heights, N.Y.

ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. (Star-Gazette) - A fire called in early Tuesday — that was apparently caused by a kerosene heater — severely damaged the contents of S&S Alignment at 1950 College Ave. in Elmira, a city fire official said.

The call came in just after midnight, and the last unit cleared from the scene a little after 3:30 a.m., according to the Elmira Fire Department. Firefighters reported seeing flames coming out from the garage doors when they arrived. The fire was knocked down quickly, but it took longer to find hidden pockets of fire, the fire department said.

A construction-type outdoor kerosene heater, also known as a salamander heater, was the apparent cause of the fire’s ignition, setting tires and other flammable materials on fire inside the building, city Fire Marshal Joseph Martino said.

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(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.) 

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