(photo 10NBC NEWS)
Several departments from four counties were called in around 2:45 am to fight a three alarm fire at a two-story brick building that housed the Village and Town of Castile’s Clerk and Court Offices.
Firefighters not only from Wyoming County fought the blaze but at least 20 crews from other departments including Livingston, Allegany and Genesee Counties were called in as mutual aid with 911 dispatchers putting other departments on stand by, or fill to fill in for other departments as the mutual system was activated. According to officials, fighting the blaze was a challenge because the fire hydrants were covered and not working making no water immediately available–thats due to construction on water mains.
Water had to be brought in by trucks and several portable ponds were set up.
The fire damaged a two-story brick building built in 1882. The building also housed Lorainne’s Restaurant, and several apartments.
Although it was reported that some of the village records were saved from the first floor, that was not the case for those stored on the second floor. Firefighters brought the blaze under control before 5 a.m. Tuesday.