Mike Wilbur


No one was hurt when a tanker headed to a barn fire in Burdett failed to negotiate a turn and rolled on its side Wednesday night.

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According to the television station WENY, the fire truck owned by the Watkins Glen Fire Department was being operated by a 35 year veteran of the department.

Firefighters were headed to a barn fire with flames through the roof on Dolphsburg Road, Burdett, the television station reported. In addition to the driver, there were four other firefighters in the apparatus, the station reported.

The unit was on State Route 79 attempting to make turn onto County Road 9 when the apparatus went into a ditch and ended up on its side. The station also reported snow reduced visibility at the time of the crash.

WENY reported the occupants of the overturned tanker were helped out of the apparatus by members of the Montour Falls Fire Department and members of the Schuyler County Ambulance assessed all the firefighters and determined they were unharmed and released.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, the station reported.

As for the barn, filled with hay bales, was a complete loss as firefighters brought in an excavator to tear remnants that were still burning.

The cause of the barn fire is under investigation.   

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