Blaze Destroys New York Diner; Damages Offices

Conditions forced firefighters to set up defensive operations.


WYOMING COUNTY, N.Y. — A devastating fire has destroyed a local diner and damaged the municipal offices for the Village while firefighters had to battle the blaze using pumped-in water.

The Genesee pumper truck is on scene [10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning]. York, Mount Morris, Leicester and Avon also have people or equipment on scene.

"We entered the apartment early on, and we were pulled back due to structure failure," said Bryan Brown Casile Assistant Fire Chief. "At this point we can not confirm or deny regarding a missing person."

22 fire companies were called to the scene and another 16 were placed on standby.

"When I got here I cold see smoke coming from the attic," said Chris Carney, from Carney's market, who opened up his shop to serve warm food for the first responders. "It's a terrible loss for the Village of Castile."

A water project had left the Main Street fire hydrants inoperable, so Livingston County companies and other county agencies were called in to help pump water on the blaze.

"The Village is in the process of redoing the water mains, so the hydrant system is done and it has been down for months." said Brown.

The beloved diner, Lorraine's Place, and the Castile Village and Town Offices have been greatly damaged.

The fire started at approximately 3 a.m.

Republished with permission of The Genesee Sun.