PYFD thank all who helped at large warehouse fire

John Christensen
The Chronicle Express
The warehouse fire May 12 on Benham Street in Penn Yan, captured by drone camera.

PENN YAN — H.K. Griffin & Son's large warehouse on Benham Street was destroyed by fire on Thursday, May 12. According to the Penn Yan Fire Department, the fire came in shortly after 5 p.m. and soon progressed to become the largest conflagration Penn Yan has seen in decades.

PYFD immediately responded with all three engines, their ladder and rescue trucks. Himrod Fire Department provided a FAST team. Within a brief time, the fire went to a second alarm, bringing Benton, Dundee, and Hammondsport fire departments to the scene. As the fire spread throughout the large wooden frame warehouse, a third alarm was requested, bringing Branchport-Keuka Park, West Lake Road, and Geneva firefighters to the scene. Bellona provided standby coverage for the duration of the fire. Oaks Corners FD provided a respite station.

Ambulances from Wayne, Middlesex, and Penn Yan provided EMS at the scene. Several firefighters were checked over for heat exhaustion, and one Penn Yan Police officer was treated for smoke inhalation. 

According to PYFD, they were on the scene for over seven hours. All the firefighters are credited with saving the numerous homes and other structures endangered by the flames. No cause has yet been released.

The ruins of the warehouse remain. No cause of the fire has yet been released.

"PYFD would like to thank everyone that was at the scene or doing standbys for us during the fire," stated the chiefs. "All the help was greatly appreciated."

Their list of thanks include the businesses and individuals that helped with donations during the fire.

  • Bellona Fire Department, who stood by to cover PYFD's district. While they were there, they cleaned all the hose from the scene.
  • Chris Miller from Dundee Fire Department, who used a trailer to haul all the hose from the scene back to the firehouse and delivered used hose from the scene back to other Depts.
  • Marchondia Excavating for their machinery at the scene.
  • Yates County Fair for the use of a light tower into the night.
  • Hangry Bickering from Dundee for their donation of sandwiches, snacks, and cases of water.
  • Mark's Pizzeria and Cam's N.Y. Pizza for pizzas at the scene.
  • Morgans Grocery for ice cream
  • Laurentide Beer Company
  • Lisa Ellis, who bought pizzas and delivered them to the scene.