Area firefighters were called to two structure fires last week — an outbuilding at a Dundee area residence Nov. 21, and a house fire on James Road in the Branchport/Keuka Park district on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.
The Dundee Fire Department was called to the State Route 230 residence of James & Stacy Petro at about 9 a.m. Nov. 21 for a report of a chicken coop on fire. Firefighters found the 20 x 20 building fully involved, and even with a quick response, according to Yates County Deputy Richard Simpson, were unable to save the structure. Stacy Petro, 37, and Randy Kaufman, 45, a passerby, were treated at the scene by Dundee Ambulance volunteers after they attempted to extinguish the fire on their own. The building was a total loss, and a goose and several chickens were also lost in the blaze, which was caused by a heat lamp. Himrod Fire Department stood by at the Dundee fire station, and mutual aid from Tyrone and Wayne was canceled.
3354 James Road
A large house owned by Barry L. Visscher, 51, of 3354 James Road, Keuka Park was heavily damaged by fire which was reported to Yates County 911 just before noon Thanskgiving Day. Yates County Deputies report a person traveling on Pepper Road in the Town of Jerusalem reported seeing smoke coming from the residence, which was unoccupied at the time. Visscher arrived back at the home at about the same time. The fire quickly spread throughout the residence. Branchport/Keuka Park firefighters were assisted by Penn Yan, Benton and Potter Fire Departments. Dundee, Pulteney and Hall departments filled the Penn Yan, Branchport and Benton stations on standby respectively. The Red Cross assisted Visscher. The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.