For the period of March 17 to 30, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 245 calls. The total number of service calls for 2014 to date is 1,510.
• FIRE: On March 17, Platoon 1 was dispatched, at 9:21 p.m., to the 2800 block of McKoon Avenue for a report of a building fire. Arriving crews made quick work of extinguishing the fire that had started in a garbage can and subsequently spread to the garage. Damage was limited to $500 and the cause remains under investigation.
• FIRE: On March 21, Engine 9 responded, at 12:59 p.m., to a vehicle fire in the 8700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. A 1996 Mitsubishi had a fire in the engine compartment that was caused by an electrical malfunction. Damage was pegged at $500.
• INCIDENT: On March 22, an accidental overuse of chlorine at the pool at the YMCA on Portage Road, at 9:23 a.m., required a full assignment from Platoon 4. Two patients, who inhaled the chlorine fumes, were treated at the scene by firefighters and declined to go to a local hospital for further evaluation. Platoon 4 crews remained on the scene for four hours, ventilating the pool area.
• RESCUE: On March 25, Truck 1’s crew, consisting of Capt. Bernie Lucantonio and firefighters Frank Cacciatorre, Joe Pedulla, and Brian Patronski, were called out, at 1:39 p.m., to the Vanderbilt stairs near Whirlpool State Park to assist a man who could not make his way to the top of the gorge due to heavy ice on the trail. Using ropes and other safety equipment, firefighters were able to assist the man to the top of the gorge.
• FIRE: On March 29, a fire, at 3:57 a.m., in a two-and-a-half story structure in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue sent Platoon 4 to the scene. The structure, which has been occupied off and on for decades, was vacant on this date. It has been the site of numerous fires over the years. Damage was estimated at $10,000 and the building was demolished. Arson is suspected as the cause of the blaze and investigators are poring over surveillance cameras from nearby businesses to locate a suspect.
• FIRE: On March 30, firefighters responded, at 2:47 p.m., to a house fire in the 8200 block of Bollier Avenue. Engine 9’s crew, consisting of Capt. Dennis Toth and firefighters Mark Mundy and Anthony Ross, was able to confine the fire to one room and extinguish it. The cause was candle that was accidentally knocked over. Damage was set at $10,000 to the structure and $3,000 to the contents.