For the period of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 124 calls. The total number of service calls for 2013 to date is 4,460.
• FIRE: On Aug. 26, a garage fire, at 4:34 a.m., in the 1300 block of Linwood Avenue sent a full assignment from Battalion Chief Greg Colangelo’s Platoon 3 crews to the scene. The garage was fully involved upon arrival and damage was estimated at $15,000 to the structure and $1,000 exposure damage to a nearby garage. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
• FIRE: On Aug. 28, Platoon 2 responded, at 2:18 a.m., to an alley in the 800 block of 20th St. for a report of a car fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 1994 Mustang that had been stolen from a nearby neighborhood that was fully involved in flames. The vehicle was declared a total loss, with damage set at $4,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
• FIRE: On Aug. 29, another garage fire, at 4:11 a.m., dispatched Platoon 2 to the 400 block of 23rd Street. Garbage cans, lit on fire outside the garage, eventually set the structure itself on fire. Damage was pegged at $10,000. Neighbors told fire investigators they observed a man running from the scene at the start of the fire.
• RESCUE: On Aug. 31, Engine 8 was sent, at 12:45 p.m., to the 500 block of Hyde Park Boulevard to rescue a baby rabbit that had fallen through a sewer grate. After retrieval of the bunny, it was returned to its nearby nervous mother.
• FIRE: On Aug. 31, Engine 8 and Truck 1 responded, at 3:53 p.m., to a large outside rubbish fire in the 1900 block of New Jersey Avenue. A pile of wood, approximately 20 feet by 15 feet in size, accidentally started on fire. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour battling the blaze.
• FIRE: On Sept. 1, a fire, sparked by unattended cooking, spread to the cupboards of a home in the 600 block of Seventh Street. Platoon 3 responded, at 1:47 p.m., and extinguished the fire. Damage was listed at $1,000.
• NOTE: For students and others who rent, the following are good questions to ask a potential landlord:
1. Are working smoke alarms installed?(Preferably in each bedroom, interconnected to sound all if any one detects smoke).
2. Are there at least two ways to exit your bedroom and building?
3. Do the upper floors of the building have at least two interior stairs, or a fire escape?
4. Are the existing electrical outlets adequate for all appliances, computers, printers and electronics that you use, without the need for extension cords?
5. Are there EXIT signs in the building hallways to indicate accessible escape routes?
6. Does the building have a fire alarm system installed and maintained?
7. Has the building’s heating system been inspected recently?
8. Is the building address clearly posted to allow emergency services to find you quickly in event of an emergency?