The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 256 incidents during the period of 11-24-14—12-07-14 bringing the yearly total to 6117 incidents.
Emergency Medical Call: Engine 8 and Truck 1 responded to the 3300 block of Royal Avenue at 11:23 a.m. on 11-24-14 for a report of three roofers who fell approximately 15 feet off a scaffolding. The three workers suffered serious injuries including broken bones and were tended to by the arriving crews before being transported to local hospitals for further treatment.
Motor vehicle accident with injuries: Platoon 1 was dispatched to the North Grand Island Bridge for a vehicle pile-up at 6:08 p.m. on 11-27-14.Over 50 vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred because of icy conditions on the bridge. Crews were on the scene for over 3 hours attending to the injured and supervising the safe removal of damaged vehicles. 7 people were taken to local hospitals for evaluation of their injuries.
Fire: A full assignment from Platoon 1 was sent to the 2400 block of Grand Avenue for a report of a building fire at 12:33 p.m. on 12-04-14. The fire was determined to have started in a ceiling fan in the bathroom and spread to contents. Damage after extinguishment was estimated at $10,000.
Fire: A fire in a vacant structure in the 700 block of Spruce Avenue sent Platoon 2 to the scene at 8:38 p.m. on 12-04-14. As there was no working utilities to the structure, all accidental causes were ruled out and it is considered an intentionally set fire in an area of the city that has seen numerous arsons. Fire and Police Investigators are on the case and have increased surveillance in the neighborhood. Crews were there all night and damage was pegged at $20,000.
Fire: Platoon 1 responded to the 1600 block of Niagara Street for a structure fire at 4:51 p.m. on 12-07-14. The vacant building was also determined to be an arson, and after rapid extinguishment, damage was listed at $5000.
Fire: Another fire in the 700 block of Spruce Avenue sent Engine 4 at 5:47 p.m. on 12-07-14. The fire in a new city garbage tote completely destroyed the tote and remains under investigation.
Note: Be aware of holiday dangers: Around the holidays, there are potential fire hazards to think about. If you use a real Christmas tree in your home, make sure to water it daily–electric lights strung on a dried out tree are a recipe for disaster. All lights and lighted window ornaments should be inspected every year to make sure that the cords are not worn or frayed, and all candles should be used with care. The number of fires started by candles nearly doubles during the month of December.