posted on May 09, 2010 09:27
Fire believed to have been deliberately set raced through a vacant building Saturday night that once housed the Wirad Plow Company, Swan St. in Batavia.
The initial alarm was sounded around 7pm. Before the fire was out, every City of Batavia fireman and every piece of city fire fighting equipment would be pressed in to service. Additional firefighters and equipment were brought in from six volunteer fire departments
surrounding the city.
No injuries were reported.
WBTA News partner The Batavian reported that two youths were being questioned by Batavia Police late Saturday night in connection with the fire. The parents of the boys had been called to police headquarters.
Batavia Fire Chief Craig Williams said his first concern was fire fighter safety. Since the building was vacant, no effort would be made to enter the burning building.
Officials noted that a small fire had been reported at the site earlier on Saturday. That fire, quickly doused by city firemen, was believed to have been set.
The Wiard Plow Company was well known for horse-drawn plows dating back into the late 1800s.
Additional coverage and photos from The Batavian
Top & Middle: WBTA News
Bottom: "The Batavian"