For the period of Aug. 15 to 21, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 129 calls.
• FIRE: On Aug. 15, at 11:19 p.m., Falls firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 1931 Falls St. On arrival, fire crews, under the direction of Battalion Chief Dan Boland, found heavy fire conditions on the second floor of a vacant 2 1/2 house built in 1914. Multiple hoselines were stretched from first arriving engine companies to the second floor where firefighters discovered the fire had extended to the third floor attic area. The fire was declared under control in 40 minutes, however the building was deemed structurally unsafe and was demolished the next day. The cause of the fire remains undetermined.
• FIRE: On Aug. 16, Engine 3 was called to a vehicle fire at 6:07 a.m. in the 1800 block of North Avenue. On arrival, firefighters found a 2000 Chrysler sedan heavily involved in fire. A handline was used to extinguish the fire and, subsequently, a bottle of accelerant was found underneath the car. This fire was considered to be intentional and remains under investigation.
• RESCUE: On Aug. 17, Truck 1 responded to a call of people trapped in a stalled elevator at the Niagara Falls Municipal Complex at 1925 Main St. Just before 9 a.m., Capt. Mark Fontanella and his crew safely were able to extricate the occupants of the elevator within five minutes of arrival.
• FIRE: On Aug. 19, Engine 4 was called to a report of a car fire at 12:40 a.m. in the alley of the 400 block of Memorial Parkway. Firefighters discovered a 2009 Pontiac, valued at $25,000, completely involved in fire. Hoselines were deployed to knock down the fire, which resulted in a complete loss of the vehicle. Capt. Tom Etopio of the Fire Prevention Bureau determined the fire to be intentional and it remains under investigation.
• RESCUE: On Aug. 20, Capt. Gary Carella and his crew on Truck 1 used specialized lock-out tools to rescue a dog that had been left in a very hot car on the 200 block of Rainbow Boulevard. As the owners of the car could not be immediately located. The SPCA was contacted and took the dog to its shelter for care.
• INCIDENT: On Sunday, about 3:57 a.m., a storm in the Buffalo area prevented National Grid from responding immediately to an arcing transformer in the 3000 block of Niagara Street. Firefighters stood by at the scene to make sure the situation did not escalate until National Grid was able to respond around 7 a.m. and restored power to the affected customers.
• FIRE: On Sunday, Platoon 3, commanded by Battalion Chief Greg Colangelo, responded to a report of a structure fire at 6:47 p.m. in the 1300 block of Walnut Ave. The fire was confined to an appliance and there was no structural damage to the building.
• NOTE: A reminder that, for a limited time, free smoke detectors are still available for city residents courtesy of a state grant. The smoke detectors must be installed by Falls Fire Department personnel or Niagara County Healthy Neighborhood technicians. Contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 286-4729 or 286-4728 for more information.