The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 116 incidents during the week of 10-31-11—— 11-06-11 bringing the yearly total to 5174 incidents.
11-01-11—- Engine 4 Platoon 3 were summoned by NFPD to the 700 block of 8th St. at 3:57 p.m. to free a suspect they had been chasing who tried to jump a fence but got his foot stuck. After using boltcutters to release the person, the crew provided first aid to his injuries and he was transported to NFMMC for further treatment.
11-03-11– Platoon 2 sent a full assignment to the 400 block of 9th St. at 12:15 p.m. for a report of a possible structure fire. Working smoke detectors in the 2 story house alerted the 1st floor resident of a possible fire on the 2nd floor. Upon arrival, crews discovered unattended cooking in the 2nd floor apartment
as the residents started to fry some hot dogs and then forgot about them and left the building. Damage was minimal.
11-03-11—Platoon 1 under the direction of Battalion Chief Cliff Mayes responded to a structure fire in the 2400 block of Willow Ave. at 10:50 p.m. Engine 8 led by Captain Tom Jelen with Firefighters Kevin Connolly. Jacob Edwards, and Micah Carey stretched a hoseline to a fire in a 2nd floor bedroom. After extinguishment, fire investigators determined that the cause of the fire was electrical. Damage was estimated at $9000.
11-05-11—Engine 3 and Truck 1 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at Hyde Park Boulevard and Lockport Rd. at 11:30 a.m. Truck 1, with Captain Robert Andrews, Firefighters Mike Naccarato, Paul Pearson, and Chris Ambrosia used their hydraulic cutting tool to remove the roof of a vehicle in order for the occupants to be safely extricated. One patient was transported to Erie County Medical Center for his injuries and another to NFMMC.
11-05-11– A tenant who lives in the 2900 block of 9th St. called 911 and stated that she was 2 hours away from home and remembered that she left an active cooking pot on the stove. 6:27 p.m. Engine 3 responded and had to use forcible entry to alleviate the situation. Total damage $600.
11-06-11–Platoon 4 responded to a mulch fire outside McDonald’s at 1726 Pine Ave. at 2:20 p.m. that proceeded to fill the restaurant with smoke. Using a specialized probe, fire investigators were able to determine that the fire did not invade the building .
Fire Prevention Note: The use of candles in homes has become increasing popular. This has led to an increase of house fires started by candles. The most important rule is this: If you light a candle, a grownup must stay in the room with it. Blow out all candles before going to sleep or leaving the room. Keep candles at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Always use stable candle holders. If possible, use a hurricane glass to protect the the open flame. Place candles where they will not be knocked down or blown over and are out of reach of pets and young children. Do not allow children to keep or use candles or incense in their rooms.