Fire Chief Updates Public Safety Board on Elm Street Fire

May 11, 2017

HORNELL, NY – Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith updated the Board of Public Safety on the recent fire that occurred at 51-53 Elm Street. According to Smith, they have a pretty good idea of the cause of the fire but it will not be official until the next few days.

“As we arrived on the scene, the fire had already had a good head start. Unfortunately the duplex did not have any insulation in the walls and the fire quickly spread up into the attic on the left side apartment making it salvageable,” explained Smith.

Smith commended all firefighters on the scene for quickly getting it under control thus keeping it from becoming a tragic event.

Also the board commended firefighter Dan Volk for his efforts in trying to save a life at a recent drowning at Kanacadea Park. Volk risked his own life by paddling out into the swollen waters, jumping into the 39 degree water, and pulling the victim to a shallower area then eventually onto land. Volk then attempted lifesaving measures but was unsuccessful.

Police Chief Ted Murray announced that there will be an opiod forum May 24th at the High School sponsored by the county. The Sheriff’s Department will be present along with other local agencies and speakers, and according to Murray it will be an informational meeting on all aspects of the epidemic.

And finally Mayor Hogan updated the board on the roughly 36 “zombie properties” located throughout the city and what progress has been made to combat them.