Niagara Gazette — Twenty-fourth Street's businesses were quiet too.
A couple of cars probably sat waiting to be fixed at Martin's Gas Station, one on the lift, another still on a jack.
At Mike's Candy Store, the Mary Janes and wax lips sat in their boxes waiting to be taken home for a penny a piece by laughing, jumping kids.
The diamond rings, gold bracelets and Timex watches at Colucci's Jewelry Store were tucked tightly in their velvet-lined boxes, waiting to be released from lay-away in time to be given as Christmas gifts.
Eddie Zewin's Furniture & Appliances was quiet, too, ready for the next day's sales and deliveries.
The beer gardens, hours ago filled with just-paid factory workers, had finally settled down. The aroma of smoked tobacco and spilled beer seeped from beneath the doors, out into the cold night air.
Except for the normal noises of the night, it was quiet.
Across town at the fire station on 53rd Street and Buffalo Avenue, Nolan Curtis, one of the city's first black firemen, was asleep too.
At 4:36 a.m., a fire alarm sounded, and everyone's world was changed forever; he knew the city and his job well, and he knew right away exactly where the fire was.
Gazette reporter Rick Forgione wrote 50 years later on Nov. 16, 2007, Niagara Falls Police Traffic Division Capt. Jack Dietz was on routine patrol when he saw flames bursting out of his son’s building at 2449 Allen Ave.
He quickly called for an alarm, bringing a brigade of firefighters to the three-story tenement structure. Despite their efforts, 18 people, including 15 children were killed inside the blaze — making it, to this day, the deadliest fire in the city’s history.
Dietz’s son, William Dietz was found responsible and convicted of first-degree manslaughter. The notorious distinction cast a dark shadow of regret over the close-knit family, a burden that still exists today.