The Fairville Fire Department was called to a blaze at the corner of Zurich and Lembke Roads in the Town of Arcadia around 2:16 a.m. on Tuesday (12/22).
Fairville Fire Chief Robert Forjone, announced that the Fairville Fire Department was dispatched for the structure fire at 3888 Lembke Rd. Enroute updates were received of possible people trapped. As a result, Chief Forjone requested assistance from Newark Fire Department and Sodus Fire Department along with Tanker Taskforce 2. This Taskforce brings predetermined resources for non-hydranted areas, in this instance the nearest fire hydrant is located over a mile away. Responding as part of the Taskforce for this incident were the Sodus Fire Department, Sodus Center Fire Department and Wallington Fire Department. This situation is something that is planned for as well as regularly trained on. First arriving fire units were on scene in approximately 10 minutes. The attached garage was fully involved with the fire extending into the home. Firefighters entered the structure and were met with heavy fire and smoke conditions. An aggressive search was initiated in the high heat and zero visibility conditions.
Robert Johnson, 81, and his wife Judith Johnson, 80, were located and extradited but had succumbed to the fire. It took fire crews 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. Assisting on scene were the Wayne County Cascade Unit, Marbletown Fire Department, Newark EMS, NYSEG and Wayne County Sheriff’s.
The structure was heavily damaged as a result of the fire. Fire Investigation is being conducted by the Wayne County Fire Cause and Origin Team.