The Cincinnatus Fire Department responded to two fires in a 12-hour stretch between Thursday evening and Friday morning.
The fire Thursday evening took place on Cheningo Solon Pond Road in the town of Taylor, as the Cincinnatus Fire Department initially responded to a small gas fire at 6:49 p.m. The fire started from a “homeowner burning some dead grass,” Cincinnatus assistant fire chief Corey Brenchley told The Cortland Voice Friday morning.
The fire proceeded to spread to a small barn on the property, which led to the barn being a “total loss,” Brenchley said.
The Willet, McGraw, Cortland and Cuyler Fire Departments provided assistance on the call. All units cleared the area by 8:30 p.m.
The fire Friday morning occurred between Telephone Road and Doran Hill Road in the town of Cincinnatus, which the fire department responded to at 6:30 a.m.
An individual operating a motorcycle was traveling on Telephone Road when he was hit by a wild turkey. The individual “immediately lost control” and “crashed in the middle of the roadway,” Brenchley said.
Gas leaked from the motorcycle and ignited a fire. The individual was not injured, but the motorcycle was a “total loss,” Brenchley said. He added that the individual refused any treatment.
The department put out the fire and cleared the area by 7:30 a.m.