Niagara Gazette

April 6, 2013

FIRE CALLS: Niagara Falls fire reports published April 6

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— For the period of March 25 to 31, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 110 calls. The total number of service calls to date in 2013 is 1,473.

 
• FIRST AID: On March 26, Engine 3 responded, at 1:33 a.m., to the 2300 block of Hyde Park Boulevard to provide first aid to a man who was shot. Firefighter Eric Abel rode with the ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center to assist in treatment of what turned out to be non-life-threatening wounds.

 
• FIRE: On March 26, Platoon 4 was dispatched, at 10:13 p.m., to a fully involved garage fire behind a vacant house in the 4300 block of Crescent Avenue. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and damage is listed at $15,000.

 
• FIRE: On March 27, a structure fire, at 9:31 p.m., sent a full assignment from Platoon 4 to the 2200 block of Cleveland Avenue. Unattended cooking started the fire and damage was pegged at $35,000.

 
• FIRE: On March 28, two dumpsters were ignited, at 3:40 a.m., outside a business in the 2200 block of Pine Avenue. No witnesses came forward to give a statement about this intentionally set fire. Occasionally, security cameras can catch the culprits, but none were present at this incident. Damage was $1,000.

 
• FIRE: On March 30, Engine 4 and Truck 1 went to the 200 block of Portage Road, at 1:46 a.m., for a call of a car fire. Firefighters found a 1995 BMW, with its passenger compartment completely involved in fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage was listed at $3,000.

 
• FIRST AID: On March 30, at 7:24 a.m., Engine 7’s crew, consisting of Capt. David Kudela and firefighters Chuck DelGobbo and Scott Furman, provided first aid measures to a woman who jumped from a moving vehicle on the Robert Moses Parkway. The victim sustained a head contusion and “road rash” and after being stabilized by the crew she was transported by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for further evaluation.

 
• FIRE: On March 30, Platoon 1, under the command of Battalion Chief Dan Boland, responded, at 6:33 p.m., to a structure fire in the 3500 block of Sherwood Avenue. A frayed electrical wire started the fire which caused $35,000 damage to the house and $20,000 to its contents. Two dogs were alone in the house and after being removed, one was successfully revived using recently donated “Oxygen Fur Life” devices. Fire crews were assisted by an employee of the Ford Veterinary Clinic, which is just around the corner from the fire scene. Unfortunately, the other dog was not able to be resuscitated.