The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 246 incidents during the period of 10-13-2014—10-26-2014 bringing the yearly total to 5423 incidents.
Fire: Platoon 3 was sent to the 300 block of 9th St. for a report of a building fire at 6:56 p.m. on 10-13-14. Upon arrival, crews discovered a couch on fire on the porch of a vacant house. Damage to the couch and structure was pegged at $500 and the cause remains under investigation.
Fire: A large fire in an apartment complex in the 9800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard dispatched Platoon 2 to the scene at 1:52 a.m.on 10-20-14. An electrical malfunction in a bedroom of a 2nd floor apartment started the fire which spread to 2 adjacent apartments, burned through the roof,and resulted in $100,000 in damage before extinguishment. As the natural gas had to be shut off to the entire complex as a fire precaution, 46 apartments were evacuated. 7 families were assisted by the Red Cross in a temporary shelter while the other occupants obtained shelter at family members residences.
Chemical spill: Platoon 1 responded to a chemical leak in the 5600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard at 3:47 p.m. on 10-20-14. A tanker carrying hydrochloric acid had a broken valve and was leaking the chemical as it was driving down the road. Crews were on the scene for over 1 hour using adsorbents to mitigate the problem which caused traffic to be backed up on this busy stretch of road.
Fire: A structure fire in the 2300 block of MacKenna Avenue sent Platoon 4 to the scene at 12:02 a.m. on 10-23-14. The house had previously been damaged by fire and was unoccupied. Defensive operations were used—to preserve surrounding houses. Arson is suspected and is still being investigated.
Fire: Another vacant house was the spot of a fire in the 1900 block of Cudaback Avenue at 1:09 a.m. on 10-24-14. Platoon 4 responded and quickly knocked down the blaze in the basement which caused $1000 damage. Another arson and there is a suspect.
Fire: A fire behind a supermarket in the 1700 block of Pine Avenue dispatched a full assignment from Platoon 3 at 1:16 p.m. on 10-24-14. Wooden pallets behind the store had been started on fire by an accelerant. Damage is listed at $3000 and continues to be investigated.