FIRE CALLS: Niagara Falls fire reports published March 9
Staff Reports Niagara Gazette
For the period of Feb. 25 to March 3, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 112 calls. The total number of service calls to date in 2013 is 1,038.
• FIRE: On Feb. 25, a fire investigator was sent, at 5 p.m., to the 2000 block of Pine Avenue to examine burned trash outside of a house. Five weeks earlier, a number of plastic garbage cans had been ignited in the same location. This fire caused exposure damage to the adjacent building and it remains under investigation.
• FIRE: On Feb. 28, a full assignment from Platoon 4 was dispatched, at 8:41 a.m., to the 1600 block of Weston Avenue for a structure fire. A mattress and bedding material were on fire upon arrival and despite quick efforts of the firefighters, $3,500 damage occurred. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
• RESCUE: On Feb. 28, Truck 1’s crew, consisting of Fire Capt. Gary Carella and Firefighters Rick Frosolone, Frank Mantell, and Earl Bass, responded, at 9:57 a.m., to the 1100 block of 20th Street for a report of a young child trapped on a porch roof. A neighbor had been able to get up on the snow-covered roof and made sure the 1-year-old boy did not fall off. Firefighters were able to put a ladder up to the roof and brought the child down to safety. The neighbor was brought back into the house through a window.
• FIRE: On Feb. 28, Engine 4 and Truck 1 were sent, at 4:55 p.m., to the 2400 block of Linwood Avenue for a call of a truck fire. When firefighters arrived, they found a 1999 Ford truck with an engine compartment fire. The fire was due to an electrical malfunction and damage was estimated at $3000.
• FIRE: On March 3, Platoon 4 went to Niagara Falls City Hall, at 1:22 p.m., for an alarm. An overheated 13,200 volt transformer filled the building with smoke and caused the alarm. Power was cut to the building by National Grid. Fire crews remained on the scene for over two hours, using smoke ejectors, to clear the air in the building.
• ALARMS: Falls firefighters responded to 10 calls in this period for activated carbon monoxide alarms. The normal life expectancy of a CO alarm is five to seven years and some of the calls were due to false readings because of the age of the detector. However, never assume you have a false reading. Call 911 and firefighters will come and check the alarm out.