The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 94 incidents during the period of 12-12-11 to 12-18-11 bringing the yearly total to 5827 incidents.
12-12-11—Platoon 1 sent a full assignment to a scrapyard in the 4800 block of Packard Rd. at 8:01 a.m. for a report of a building fire. Two junked vehicles being cut up for scrap started a fire inside a structure due to a gasoline leak. Workers on the scene used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire.
12-13-11— Fire Investigator Gerald Aderhold was responding to another call when he observed a large volume of smoke at the intersection of 72nd St. and N.F. Blvd. at 10:04 a.m. The proprietor of a Christmas tree lot was burning trimmed tree branches in his backyard. The owner used his own water supply to douse the fire and he was issued an open burning violation warning.
12-13-11—Battalion Chief Pat Brown’s Platoon 2 units were dispatched to the 400 block of 25th St. at 7:04 p.m. for a structure fire. The first arriving unit—Engine 8 with Captain Angela Gebauer, Firefighters Stephen Hess, Joel Stephenson, and Gordon Stewart III stretched a hoseline to the rear of the building where heavy fire was showing and quickly knocked down the main body of the fire. Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and damage was estimated at $40,000.
12-13-11—Shortly after clearing from the previous mentioned fire, Engine 8 responded to to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 2200 block of Pine Ave. at 10:14 p.m. The female patient was treated for neck injuries and a head laceration and transported to Erie County Medical Center.
12-18-11— High levels of carbon monoxide ( over 200 parts per million ) were found at a house in the 1000 block of Ontario Ave. at 3:22p.m. by Truck 1. The source was determined to be the furnace in the basement and it was shut off and both a repairman and National Fuel were called to the scene. It was determined that a bird’s nest was blocking the chimney, preventing proper ventilation of products of combustion.
Note: Children and Grandchildren: One-fourth of all fire-deaths of children are from fires started by children. Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children. Never leave children unattended with fire or space heaters. Children are naturally curious about fire, so keep an eye on them. But if a child repeatedly plays with fire or seems to have a morbid fascination with fire, seek professional help at once. If youngsters live with you or stay overnight occasionally, be sure that they know how to escape from every room and are part of your emergency exit plan.