The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 238 incidents during the period of 12-22-14—01-04-15. The total number of incidents responded to for 2014 was 6534– an all time record for the NFFD.
Fire: Platoon 1 was dispatched to the 800 block of Ashland Avenue for a report of a building fire at 7:38 a.m. on 12-22-14. Upon arrival, crews encountered a fire on the first floor of this vacant house that was undergoing renovations. An electrical malfunction at the meter was the cause of the fire that resulted in $10,000 in damage.
Fire:A call of a building fire in the 400 block of 4th St. sent a full assignment from Platoon 4 at 2:24 a.m. on 12-26-14. The fire in a hallway of the 2 story building was determined to be intentionally set by a resident who was arrested and charged with arson. Quick action by responding crews kept damage to a minimum.
Fire:A garbage truck fire in the 9500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard was responded to by Engine 9 and Truck 2 at 6:28 a.m. on 12-29-14. A leaking hydraulic line on the truck was the cause of the fire which did extensive damage to the cab before extinguishment.
Fire: Unattended cooking sent Platoon 4 to the 1200 block of South Avenue at 1:23 p.m. on 1-02-15. The smoke from the pot filled two apartments, but only caused damage to the stove and the pot itself. A working smoke detector alerted the sleeping resident and prevented more serious damage and potential injury or loss of life.
Fire: Platoon 4 responded to the 1500 block of Whitney Avenue for a call of a bathroom fire at 12:08 p.m. on 01-04-15. A box of clothing was found on fire in the first floor bathroom and was rapidly extinguished. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. While investigating, a check of the 2nd floor revealed a marijuana “grow house” in operation and NFPD were notified.
Note:Clothes Dryer Safety: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them. Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Make sure you clean the filter before or after each load of laundry. The air exhaust vent pipe should be properly connected and not restricted. The outdoor vent flap must open when the dryer is operation and make sure it is not covered by snow. Don’t overload your dryer, and turn it off if you leave home or when you go to bed.