For the period of Dec. 16 to 29, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 240 calls. The total number of service calls for 2013 to date is 6,400.
• FIRE: On Dec. 18, Platoon 1 sent a full assignment, 1:24 p.m., to a fire in a bathroom at a gas station in the 500 block of Main Street. A short in a fan in the bathroom was the cause of the fire. Damage was estimated at $500.
• FIRE: On Dec. 18, a fire in a 2002 Chevy truck, at 10:31 p.m., dispatched Engine 3 to the 2900 block of North Avenue. Damage was listed at $1,000. This intentionally set fire remains under investigation.
• INCIDENT: On Dec. 22, Engine 4 and Truck 1 responded, at 8:52 a.m., to a call of residents in a building in the 600 block of Chilton Avenue suffering from possible carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms. Flu-like feelings and fatigue are present during carbon monoxide poisoning. The arriving crews discovered a problem with the furnace in the basement of the building. Firefighters using carbon monoxide detection meters determined the CO concentration in the air was at a dangerous level of 350 parts per million. The residents were evacuated until the furnace could be repaired.
• FIRE: On Dec. 23, Platoon 3 went, at 4:32 p.m., to the 400 block of 38th Street for a report of a structure fire. Careless smoking resulted in a mattress catching on fire. Fire and smoke damage was pegged at $500. Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector violations were corrected on the scene by the owner.
• FIRE: On Dec. 27, Engine 8’s crew, consisting of Capt. Frank Sillett and firefighters Dave Seguin, Thomas Cutler, and Gordon Stewart III, were called, at 10:21 a.m., to an industrial facility in the 2500 block of Buffalo Avenue for a report of a man burned in an accidental explosion. They tended to the victim, who incurred severe burns, and to another patient who suffered burn injuries while trying to assist his co-worker. Both patients were taken to local hospitals for further treatment.
• FIRE: On Dec. 27, a short in an electrical outlet, at 1:27 p.m., started a fire which sent Platoon 2 to the 700 block of Pierce Avenue. The fire caused $500 damage and citations for no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors were issued to the owner.