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Medina resident displaced after house fire on South Main Street last night

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 January 2020 at 11:56 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: This house at 1018 South Main St. is boarded up after a fire last night in Medina.

MEDINA – A Medina resident is displaced from his home after a fire last night at 1018 South Main St.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage, with $30,000 estimated to the contents, said Lt. Steve Cooley, Medina’s public information officer.

“Working smoke detectors were present and activated properly alerting the sleeping resident to the fire,” Cooley said. “One dog and cat escaped the fire but sadly, one cat did perish. The resident will be assisted by family members.”

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 11:30 p.m. Medina firefighters arrived on scene with Engine 11 at 11:32 p.m. and reported a 2-story house with smoke showing, Cooley said.

Crews were advised by the lone occupant that no one was inside. Firefighters forced entry in the front door and found heavy smoke and flames on the first floor, Cooley said.

Additional Medina units under the command of Fire Chief Matt Jackson arrived shortly thereafter along with one engine from the Shelby Fire Company to assist with searches and extinguishment.

COVA EMS was requested to provide transport for the injured resident. His injuries are not life threatening and he was transported to Medina Memorial for evaluation, Cooley said.

The fire was called under control at 12:21 a.m. Crews remained on scene until 4:09 a.m., overhauling (searching and containing fire in void spaces) and investigating the cause.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by fire investigators from the Orleans County Emergency Management Office with assistance from the Medina Fire Department Fire Investigator.

Additional units on scene: Medina Police Department, Lyndonville Fire Company FAST crew (Firefighter Assist and Search Team), Ridgeway Fire Police, Carlton Fire Department Rescue for their cascade system (breathing air refill unit), Orleans County Fire Coordinator Dale Banker, NYSEG, National Grid and Village of Medina Code Enforcement Officer Dan Gardner.

“We would like to extend our thanks to all our public safety partners listed above for their assistance to us during this incident,” Cooley said.

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