Crews battle Weekend Fires in Dryden, Virgil

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Several area departments responded to a chimney fire in Dryden just before 5:00 Saturday (March 7) morning, which quickly spread into an adjacent wall where it was then exposed and extinguished.

Fire and Ambulance crews from Dryden arrived to the scene on  Mt. Pleasant Road to assist crews who were already set up with Varna FD.

No injuries were reported and all units were cleared just after 6 am.

Town building inspectors called to the scene to investigate, who disassembled a steel stovepipe that revealed excessive creosote buildup and improperly installed elbows.

Officials said proper chimney cleaning and installation could prevent fires of this nature from occurring.

Area crews also battled a large shed fire last night (March 8) on West State Road in Virgil, which occurred just 20 feet or so from a residence and reportedly caught a vehicle on fire, as well as propane tanks that were inside the shed.

That occurred just after midnight and was knocked down with minimal exposure to that home.

No injuries were reported, with that blaze responded to by crews from Virgil, Cortlandville, Dryden and McClean.

Investigation into the cause is ongoing.

The National Weather Service has issued a high fire risk in place across most of the region today (March 9), with relative humidity as low as 20 to 25 percent and winds gusting at 10 to 15 mph throughout the afternoon.

Weather officials say those conditions are favorable for fires to spread easily and discourage any outside burning at this time.

That comes less than a week before the state’s open burning ban is set to begin this Sunday (March 15).

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