Fire at Fletcher Street business
A raging fire that began inside an auto shop sent dozens of firefighters to Fletcher Street Tuesday evening, shutting down several blocks of the street and decimating a structure.
The fire was believed to have started at Swiderski Motorcar at approximately 5:35 p.m., causing the evacuation of an adjacent multi-unit home, as crews from the Town of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda and Grand Island rushed to the scene to assist.
Tonawanda City Fire Chief Charles Stuart said the presence of petroleum and oil at the shop as well as questions about the buildings structural integrity forced firefighters to attack the blaze from the exterior, with several firefighters perched about 10 feet off the ground on a ladder flooding the single-story building from various vantage points.
• THEFT: Officers are looking into a theft from the 1500 block of Military Road. A construction superintendent told police that sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 6:45 a.m. Monday, someone took a piece of equipment, known as a Thawzall, from a building site. The equipment is valued at $15,000. The superintendent also said $280 worth of concrete blankets were taken.
• THEFT: Police are investigating a van break-in in the 400 block of 71st Street. A 46-year-old man told officers that sometime between 8 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Monday someone broke into his 1999 Ford E-150 van by unknown means. the victim said over $10,000 worth of tools and prescription drugs were taken from the vehicle.