For the period of Aug. 12 to 25, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 249 calls. The total number of service calls for 2013 to date is 4,337.
• FIRE: On Aug. 13, Platoon 2 responded, at 7:16 p.m., to a report of a kitchen fire in an apartment in the 8300 block of Buffalo Avenue. Unattended cooking was the cause of the fire that spread to the cupboards and resulted in $500 damage.
• FIRST AID: On Aug. 14, Engine 9, with Capt. Jeffrey Meacham and Firefighters Chris Bielec and Brian McCormick, went to the 8000 block of Stephenson Avenue, at 6:38 p.m., for a call of a man going into anaphylactic shock from a bee sting. Firefighters used an “epi-pen” to inject epinephrene to the patient to alleviate a potential life-threatening allergic reaction. The patient was then transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for further evaluation.
• FIRE: On Aug. 15, a golf cart stolen from the Hyde Park Course was found, at 5:45 a.m., on fire in a nearby field. Engine 8 was sent to extinguish the remains of the cart. The cart was a total loss, valued at $3,500.
• FIRE: On Aug. 16, Engine 3 responded, at 9:58 p.m., to a car fire in the 1600 block of Linwood Avenue. The fire, in a 2002 Chevy Impala, appeared to be intentionally set and remains under investigation. Damage was pegged at $1,700.
• FIRE: On Aug. 22, another stolen golf cart was found, at 2:03 a.m., on fire in the 2300 block of 24th Street. Engine 3 extinguished the fire, but the cart was a total loss, valued at $3,500. Police and fire investigators have increased their surveillance of the golf cart storage area at Hyde Park.
• FIRE: On Aug. 22, Platoon 1 was sent, at 5:51 p.m., to the 300 block of 38th Street for a structure fire. The resident of the home had been cooking on a grill in an enclosed porch and a short time later a fire broke out and spread to the rest of the house. Damage to the house and contents was listed at $37,000. A reminder, when grilling, always do it at a safe distance from your house.
• FIRE: On Aug. 24, a fire in a dryer, at 4:52 p.m., at a laundromat in the 7300 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard dispatched Platoon 3 to the scene. A large amount of lint build-up inside the dryer was the reason for the fire. The fire destroyed all the clothes in the dryer and damaged the unit itself.