The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 102 incidents during the period of 1-23-12—-1-29-12 bringing the yearly total to 450 incidents.
1-23-12— Platoon 2 responded to a report of a kitchen fire in the 2900 block of South Ave. at 3:27 p.m. Combustible items placed too close to a toaster started the fire. Engine 3 used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire. Damage was estimated at $500.
1-23-12— A report of a building fire in the 600 block of Tronolone Ave. sent Platoon 1 to the scene at 7:15 p.m. A juvenile had started a small fire in a bathroom.
Extinguishment was rapid and Captain Tom Etopio of the Bureau of Fire Prevention called in a Juvenile Detective from the NFPD to interview the suspect.
1-25-12—Platoon 4 were dispatched to the 4800 block of Packard Rd. at 12:03 p.m. as a tractor trailer struck a utility pole. As the pole was resting on the vehicle, Niagara Mohawk was called to the scene and the pole had to be removed prior to the truck being removed. No significant injuries.
1-26-12— Engine 4 and Truck 1 were sent to the 200 block of 15th St. for a car fire at 8:46 p.m. The responding crews found a 2010 Chevy Cobalt fully involved in fire. The car was registered to a man in Buffalo who when contacted claimed to not know that it was missing. Damage was total–estimated at $12,000. The fire is suspicious and is under investigation by the NFFD and NFPD.
1-28-12—Engine 9 went to a field fire in the 9300 block of Reid Ave. at 9:08 p.m. After extinguishment, a cause could not be immediately determined.
Fire Prevention Note: Recent icy conditions required the NFFD to respond to numerous motor vehicle accidents in this period. Winter can present driving challenges to even the most experienced drivers. With preparation and good awareness, however, driving in rain , sleet , or snow can be less risky for drivers, passengers, and fellow travelers alike. All-season tires or winter-specific tires can improve traction and stability. Clearing accumulated snow from the windows, mirrors, and hood of your vehicle may help you avoid a temporary whiteout while driving. Keeping tire chains, ice melt or rock salt, and a snow shovel in your vehicle could make it easier to get back on the road if you get stuck.