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Medina firefighters have busy Thanksgiving, putting out garage fire, helping several patients in crisis

Posted 24 November 2016 at 10:07 pm

Press Release, Steve Cooley, Medina firefighter and public information officer

MEDINA – We all know emergencies do not take holidays. The past 24 hours for the Village of Medina Fire Department have been very busy with 15 calls, several of them very serious calls.

Early this morning with one crew out on an inter-hospital transfer, we encountered four serious patients within a span of 45 minutes. Just after a crew had attended to a patient who suffered a head injury from a long fall, we were dispatched to three separate heroin overdoses.

That makes four opiate overdoses in less than a 48-hour period. If you or someone you know is addicted to heroin or opiates, please seek out help. Our area, like many across the country is being plagued with deaths caused by opiates. The phone number for Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) in Albion is 585-589-0055. The Rochester Narcotics Anonymous phone number is 585-235-7889.

Shortly after noon today, Orleans County Public Safety Dispatchers received multiple phone calls reporting a fire at 127 Starr St. Dispatched along with Medina was an engine from Shelby and a FAST crew from Lyndonville.

Incident Commander Captain Joshua Wolck arrived on scene with Medina engine 11 reporting a fully involved garage with fire spreading to a larger adjoining building and ordered a second alarm. Second alarm departments were Ridgeway with one engine to the scene with an engine from Middleport, a rescue from East Shelby and an ambulance from COVA EMS to stand by at the Medina Fire Station.

The fire investigation is being handled by county fire investigators and appears non-suspicious at this time. The garage is a total loss and due to damage sustained today by the fire, along with pre-existing damage, the second adjoining structure was condemned and demolished. There were no injuries incurred at this fire.

This evening just before 6 p.m., Medina along with one engine from Shelby and a FAST crew from Lyndonville were dispatched to 311 North Ave. for smoke in the 2-story house containing two apartments.

After some investigation, crews found and extinguished a small fire in the duct work and wall. There were two people transported to the hospital, one by Medina Fire Department crews and one by COVA EMS, both for non-fire related medical problems. The Red Cross is assisting two adults and four children. The cause is currently under investigation and appears non-suspicious at this time.

We would like to thank all our neighboring departments for their assistance today along with Orleans County EMO staff, the dispatchers, and the Village of Medina Police Department.

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