The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 231 incidents during the period of 09-01-14—09-14-14 bringing the yearly total to 4673 incidents.
Fire: Platoon 2 under the direction of Battalion Chief Sam Fasciano responded to a working fire in the 700 block of Cedar Avenue at 11:40 p.m. on 9-02-14. Arriving crews encountered heavy fire conditions on the first and second floors of the vacant structure. After rapid extinguishment, damage to the building was estimated at $25,000. During Fire Investigator Eric Barlow’s investigation he was informed by several neighbors that they had seen young males enter the the house with what looked like a gasoline container and a few minutes later the house was on fire. Evidence collected confirmed arson and it remains under investigation.
Fire:A large explosion/fire filled the surrounding neighborhood of the 400 block of 7th St. with heavy smoke at 1:34 p.m. on 9-05-14. Platoon 3 sent their full complement as early reports indicated houses on either side of the original house were also on fire. The main body of fire was knocked down by 6:00 p.m.,but crews were on the scene for an extended period to wet down the smoldering remnants. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) were summoned to the call because of the report of the explosion and assisted Fire and Police Investigators. Seven families were displaced by the fire and a dog perished in the blaze. The cause of the fire is suspicious and a person seen running from the building immediately before the fire started is still being sought.
Fire: A large junkyard fire sent Platoon 1 to the 2900 block of Lockport Road at 4:41 P.M. on 9-07-14. Multiple vehicles that were stacked upon each other were on fire and resulted in heavy black smoke throughout the area. Crews were on the scene for 4 hours extinguishing the fire which remains under investigation.
Car fire: Engine 3 and Truck 1 were called to a car fire in the 1400 block of 24th St. at 1:27 a.m. on 9-10-14. A 2000 Chevy Malibu was completely involved with fire in the passenger compartment. The vehicle had apparently been stolen from the owner’s house and investigators got multiple “hits” with their detection equipment for a pour of an ignitable liquid. This was ruled an arson and continues to be investigated. Damage was listed at $3000.
Fire: Heavy fire from the roof of a four story building under construction in the 2700 block of Highland Avenue sent Platoon 4 to the scene at 1:57 p.m. on 9-12-14. Workers welding on the 4th floor inadvertently ignited stacked insulation panels on the roof. Damage is pegged at $20,000.
Note:Fireplace Safety— With the approaching cooler weather, residents will begin to use their fireplaces. Fireplaces should be kept clean and covered with a screen to keep sparks from jumping out. Only wood should be burned in the fireplace–paper and other materials can escape while burning and ignite nearby items. Never leave a fire burning unattended and make sure a fire is completely extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed. Have the chimney professionally cleaned once a year.