The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 250 incidents during the period of 9-15-14—9-28-14 bringing the yearly total to 4923 incidents.
Fire: Platoon 1 responded to a report of a porch fire in the 600 block of 3rd St. at 2:48 p.m. on 9-18-14. Careless disposal of a cigarette was the cause of the fire that resulted in $500 damage.
Fire: A large fire in an industrial complex in the 4400 block of Royal Avenue sent the entire on-duty complement to the scene at 2:28 p.m. on 9-20-14. Large bales of cardboard had started on fire and spread quickly to other bales due to heavy winds. Off duty Firefighters and volunteer companies were called in to the fire and through coordinated efforts were able to keep the fire from extending to adjacent plants. NFFD crews remained on the site for five days to ensure complete extinguishment which caused millions of dollars of damage. The cause is still being investigated.
Fire: Platoon 4 was sent to the 800 Armory Place during the same time the fire was raging at Greenpac for a call of a structure fire. The fire was reported at 9:03 p.m. on 9-20-14 at this vacant, unsecured house. A group of teenage boys who are suspected of starting another fire in the area two weeks before were observed on the porch of the house previous to ignition and are being investigated by Fire and Police Investigators. Quick work by crews limited the damage to $1500.
Fire: A full assignment from Platoon 4 was dispatched to the 2800 block of 23rd St. for a kitchen fire at 5:35 a.m. on 9-22-14. Upon arrival, crews encountered the kitchen fully involved in fire that originated near the kitchen stove and remains under investigation. Luckily, the presence of working smoke detectors enabled the four residents to escape safely. Damage to building and contents was pegged at $12,000 and Red Cross provided temporary living arrangements for the residents.
Fire:Platoon 1 responded to a garage fire in the 600 block of 20th St. at 9:07 p.m. on 9-25-14. The fire started in the passenger compartment of a stripped vehicle up on blocks and extended to the roof rafters. The fire was determined to be intentionally set and caused $4000 damage.
Motor vehicle accident/ fuel spill: Engine 7’s crew consisting of Captain Mike Accetta, Firefighters Paul Pearson, and John Mang were sent to 47th St. overpass on Niagara Falls Boulevard on 9-27-14 at 10:56 for a call of a MVA involving a tractor-trailer and a pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up had a medical emergency and collided with the tractor-trailer, rupturing it’s fuel tank. Simultaneous rapid procedures—to treat the driver and to plug the fuel leak– were accomplished. The driver was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, and the crew used “speedy dry” to absorb the spilled leak.
Motor vehicle accident/extrication: A two vehicle accident at the intersection of 39th St. and Walnut Avenue dispatched Engine 8 And Truck 1 at 12:41 p.m. on 9-27-14. The Truck crew—Captain Gary Carella, Firefighters Jason Cafarella, Chris Janese, and Lenin Nowakowski– used the “Jaws of Life” hydraulic tool to free one passenger out of his badly damaged car. In all, 3 people were treated on the scene and transported to local hospitals for further treatment.