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June 21, 2014

FIRE CALLS: Niagara Falls fire reports published June 21

For the period of June 2 to 15, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 287 calls. The total number of service calls for 2014 to date is 2,877.

• ACCIDENT: On June 2, Engine 7 and Truck 2 were dispatched, at 8:19 a.m., to the 5600 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard for a two-car accident. Truck 2's crew, consisting of Capt. John Asklar and firefighters Joe Dimino, and Anthony Presutti, used the "Jaws of Life" to extricate three people from one of the vehicles. Four people, including two children under the age of 2, were treated for their injuries and transported to local hospitals.

• ACCIDENT: On June 5, firefighters were dispatched, at 11:19 a.m., to an industrial accident in the 3800 block of Highland Avenue. Some molten metal, which fell on an acetylene tank, caused a potentially explosive situation inside an industrial facility. A full assignment from Platoon 2 was sent to the scene to monitor the removal of the tank.

• ACCIDENT: On June 6, Platoon 2 crews responded, at 2:16 p.m., to a two-car accident at the intersection of 24th Street and Grand Avenue. Firefighters extricated an 81-year-old Youngstown woman from her vehicle. She and another patient were taken to a local hospital for further evaluation of their injuries.

• FIRE: On June 7, Engine 4 and Truck 1 responded, at 3:06 a.m., to a vehicle fire in the 1800 block of Whitney Avenue. The entire passenger compartment was involved. Fire damage to the 2004 Mazda was pegged at $4,100. The cause is still under investigation.

• FIRE: On June 8, Platoon 3 was sent, at 2:51 a.m., to the 2300 block of MacKenna Avenue for a call of a two-and-a-half story, vacant house that was fully involved in fire. Additional firefighters were called in when the fire began to spread to an adjacent, occupied house. The occupants and pets in that home were safely evacuated. Firefighting efforts were initially impaired by a bad hydrant in front of the building and by burning power lines that were also in front of the house. Damage to the vacant structure was estimated at $20,000 and damage to the occupied home was also listed at $20,000.

• ACCIDENT: On June 10, off-duty firefighter Lenin Nowakowski was luckily on the scene, at 3:08 p.m., of a serious motor vehicle accident in the 6400 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard.  Nowakowski was able to apply a tourniquet to a person who suffered a severe arm injury. Crews from Engine 7 and Truck 2 attended to other victims of the accident. Mercy Flight transported the seriously injured patient to a hospital trauma center in Buffalo.

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