Niagara Gazette

May 5, 2013

FIRE CALLS: Niagara Falls fire reports published May 4

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

For the period of April 15 to 28, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 255 calls. The total number of service calls for 2013 to date is 1,831.

• INCIDENT: On April 15, a full assignment from Platoon 2 was sent, at 9:53 a.m., to Hyde Park Lake for a report of a vehicle in the water. The car was almost completely submerged in the middle of the lake upon the arrival of the crews. Capt. Frank Sillett and Firefighter Dave Seguin donned water rescue suits and waded to the vehicle. Through the open driver’s side door they were able to probe the front interior of the car searching for a possible victim. After finding the front of the car empty, they made their way to the rear window and used a window punch to break the glass and further search the interior of the vehicle. The back of the car was also found to be empty. It was later determined, after the car was dragged from the lake, that it had been “borrowed” from a Buffalo resident and not returned.

• FIRE: On April 18, three engines and a truck were dispatched, at 2:06 a.m., to the 500 block of 19th Street for a report of a building fire. On arrival, firefighters discovered a fire inside an apartment. After putting the fire out, it was determined that the fire was intentionally set and it remains under investigation. Damage was limited to $1,000.

• FIRE: On April 22, Engine 4 responded, at 1:02 p.m., to a report of a state park trolley car on fire on Goat Island. On arrival, firefighters discovered the brakes on the driver’s side rear wheel had overheated and caught fire. Fifteen people were safely evacuated from the trolley and damage was estimated at $1,000.

• FIRE: On April 22, at 10:01 p.m., a deliberately set fire along a fence behind a business in the 3000 block of Niagara Street sent Engine 8 to the scene. The call came about half an hour after a recycling bin was set on fire in the alley of the 2400 block of Forest Avenue. Fire investigators and police are investigating both blazes.

• FIRE: On April 25, a garbage can fire, at 4:06 a.m., spread to a shed in the 1100 block of Ashland Avenue. Engine 4 was able to quickly knock down the fire and keep the damage to $500.

• FIRE: On April 25, Platoon 2 was dispatched, at 6:07 a.m., to the 800 block of 16th Street for a garage fire. The unsecured detached garage stored a boat that was on fire when crews arrived . The cause is listed as intentional and damage to the boat and garage was pegged at $2,000.

• FIRE: On April 27, Platoon 3 rolled, at 2:08 p.m., to a call of a structure fire in the 500 block 19th Street. The fire, which was on the exterior of a garage, remains under investigation. Damages was estimated at $1,000.

• FIRE: On April 28, a report of a rubbish fire, at 4:58 a.m., in the 400 block of 18th Street, sent Engine 4 to the scene. A discarded mattress was found on fire, and there was damage to the building it was leaning against and also to an oil tank.