Owego, NY – The Campville Fire Department was dispatched at 3:23 Sunday morning for a reported structure fire at Wagner Lumber on Gaskill Road in the Town of Owego. Upon arrival, large flames were visible and additional help was requested. Approximately 18 fire departments responded to the scene. They include Campville, Southside, Apalachin, Owego, Weltonville, Newark Valley, West Corners, Vestal, Little Meadows, Tioga Center, Berkshire, Richford, Candor, and the Tioga County Fire Investigation Team. The town of Maine Fire Department stood by at Newark Valley’s Fire Station to respond to any other calls that could have come in while these departments were on scene. Tioga Center was also on standby with their ambulance at Campville’s station to cover any EMS calls that came in, while the fire was extinguished.
Owego Fire Deparment’s Engine 804 suffered from a frozen pump several hours into the operation, and Vestal’s tanker had to be released from the scene to respond to another structure fire in their own district. The Nichols Fire Department was called in to replace that truck at the Campville fire.
Water tankers from each of these departments shuttled water to the fire from two different filling locations; one on the north side of the Lockheed Martin, and the other in front of the Owego Treadway Inn.
No injuries have been reported, and Campville Fire Chief Mark Daniels reported that the operation was a defensive attack only, meaning no interior fire operations took place.
While some units remained on scene longer, others were sent home beginning around 9:30 AM.