The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 226 incidents during the period of 11-10-14—11-23-14 bringing the yearly total to 5861 incidents.
Fire: Platoon 2 was dispatched to the 1100 block of North Avenue for a report of a structure fire at 1:41 p.m. on 11-11-14. The fire was located in a second floor bedroom of a vacant house where a “squatter” had recently been seen. After extinguishment, damage to building and contents was estimated at $3500. This was determined to have been intentionally set and remains under investigation.
Fire: Another vacant house fire sent Platoon 1 to the 2400 block of Highland Avenue at 6:10 p.m. on 11-11-14. The fire started on the exterior of the house and spread to the interior before it could be knocked down. Damage was listed at $4000 and is considered an arson.
Garage fire: A full assignment from Platoon 1 responded to the 700 block of Cedar Avenue at 6:08 p.m. on 11-12-14 for a garage fire. Quick work by arriving crews limited the damage to $500. Four separate fires had been started in the garage and Investigators determined that an ignitable liquid had been used to start the fires.
Fire: Platoon 2 was sent to another vacant structure in the 700 block of Spruce Avenue for a fire at 3:32 p.m. on 11-13-14. Heavy fire on the first and second floors greeted responding crews, who in addition to making an aggressive interior attack, also used large caliber hoselines to protect numerous nearby structures from exposure to the fire. Units were on the scene for 3 hours until a “ring-out” was called. As there was no utilities to the 2 1/2 story house, all accidental causes were ruled out and it remains under investigation for arson. Damage pegged at $20,000.
Fire: Careless disposal of smoking materials was the cause of a fire in the 1000 block of Center Avenue at 5:08 p.m. on 11-20-14. Platoon 2 was sent to the fire which started in a porch area and extended to the kitchen. Damage to building and contents was estimated at $15,000.
Motor Vehicle Accident –Extrication: Engine 3 and Truck 1 were dispatched to the 1100 block of Niagara Avenue for a call of a car accident at 2:41 p.m. on 11-21-14. The Truck crew consisting of Captain John Carey, Firefighters Joe Pedulla, Brian Patronski, and Chris Finitz, used the “Jaws of Life” to safely extricate the patient from the vehicle. The patient was treated on the scene and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Gorge rescue: Platoon 3 under the command of Battalion Chief Gregory Colangelo were called to the Whirlpool State Park to rescue an injured person at the bottom of the Gorge at 1:33 p.m. on 11-22-14. The hiker became injured when a rock fell from above and struck her. Fire Department units packaged the patient and carried her to the top of the Gorge where Mercy Flight had been called in to transport her to ECMC.
Note: While the Gorge hike down the Vanderbilt stairs or down the Devil’s Hole trail is beautiful and great exercise— at this time of the year with icy conditions or wet leaves– it is very treacherous. Utmost caution should be used or better yet wait for good weather.