Niagara Gazette

Local News

September 14, 2012

BLAZE on Highland

Niagara Gazette — Firefighters worked through the afternoon heat Thursday to put out a plastic fire, which spread to dry and brittle brush behind the Tulip Corp. plant on Highland Avenue.

Discarded plastic parts being stored behind the building started on fire sending thick, black smoke - visible for several miles - high into the air. The burning plastic ignited wood pallets that were being stored on the property and embers from the pallets blew onto nearby fields, particularly dry after a summer with little rain.

City Fire Chief Tom Colangelo said that several small brush fires had broken out and some had spread to the woods behind the Braun Horticulture building near the Tulip property.

“There’s piles of woods that we’re just trying to put out,” Colangelo said shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene. 

It didn’t take long for the firefighters to bring the fire under control. Colangelo said that no part of the Tulip Corp. building was ever in danger of catching fire and that employees were not evacuated. No injuries were reported. 

“[The fire] was in the rear,” Colangelo said. “Everything was totally outside.”

Margie Pasiak and her husband were visiting her aunt on Highland Avenue when the fire broke out. She saw the smoke but didn’t think much about it. Pasiak was annoyed by people stopping on the road to look up at the smoke, she said. Pasiak thought that fire crews worked quickly to get the fire under control.

“A lot of people stopped and watched and all I wanted to do was go to the store and come back,” Pasiak said.

“It’s a fire,” she added. “What’s to see?”

Tulip Corp., located in the 3100 block of Highland Avenue, is a plastics recycling company. Owned by a California corporation, the Falls plant reprocesses and recycles shredded battery casings, commonly referred to as “chips,” into a usable material. The company purchases the chips from various suppliers, and then re-processes the chips by washing, drying, and extruding them into usable material.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results