Officials at Tier Holdings on S. Hyde Park Boulevard say water vapor/steam was released during Tuesday morning’s incident involving a rail car at their facility.
Company officials say the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to a call from an outside source, found no evidence of a hazardous release, or harmful discharge. They added that there were no injuries associated with the generation of this steam (water vapor) cloud.
At no time was the safety of the community, our industrial neighbors, or our employees put at risk.
Falls firefighters reported that a chemical being used to clean a tank car reacted with a chemical inside the tank car causing a plume of gas. Fire officials said the gas was dissipated in 20 minutes. They also reported 10 people, some from a nearby business, said they were going to local hospitals on their own to be checked out.
• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 2100 block of Jerauld Avenue. A 53-year-old man told officers that sometime between 2 and 8:10 a.m. Thursday someone broke into his garage by popping a lock on a door. The victim said three dirt bikes were taken.
• ARREST: A Falls woman was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road at 6:40 p.m. Thursday. Renee Kristina Evrard, 26, 7130 Laur Road, was charged with petit larceny. Evrard is accused of taking over $127 worth of merchandise without paying for it.
• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after a road rage incident in the 700 block of First Street Thursday night. William M. Breed, 42, 451 25th St., was charged with driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal mischief. A 58-year-old driver told police that Breed had been tailgating him on the Robert Moses Expressway, at 9:05 p.m. Thursday and that when both cars pulled off the expressway on John Daly Boulevard, Breed pulled next to him and threatened to “kick his ass.” Both motorists then drove west on Niagara Street to First Street. The victim said at First Street, Breed got out his car and kicked the rear quarter panel of the victim’s vehicle. The victim recorded the entire incident on his cell phone.
• THEFT: Officers are looking into a van break-in on Rainbow Boulevard. A 20-year-old woman told police that sometime between 9:45 and 10 p.m. Thursday someone broke into her 2008 Chevy Expres by damaging a passenger-side door lock. The victim said a speaker and purse were taken.
• BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 3400 block of Ninth Street. A 24-year-old woman told officers that sometime between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, someone broke into her apartment through an unlocked window, The victim said a 32-inch flat screen TV was taken.
• POSSESSION: Stephanie A. Raff, 20, of Lockport, was given an appearance ticket and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Raff was charged by New York State Police on Upper Mountain Road.
• DWI: Frederick W. House, 48, 9466 Rose Road, Middleport, was charged at 1:40 a.m. Thursday with driving while intoxicated. Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies reported House was on his way back home from a concert in Lewiston on his motorcycle when he struck a cow on Wheeler Road. While speaking to police, deputies said they noticed an odor of alcohol on House’s breath. House reportedly said he had two beers at the concert. House was given an appearance ticket to report Tuesday at Newfane Town Court. He suffered minor cuts in the collision, according to the report.