Niagara Gazette

December 29, 2012

FIRE CALLS: Niagara Falls fire reports published Dec. 29

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

— For the period of Dec. 17 to 23, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 111 calls. The total number of service calls for 2012 to date is 6,194.

• FIRE: On Dec. 18, a fire in a vacant house, at 4:39 a.m., in the 200 block of 56th Street sent a full assignment from Platoon 2 to the scene. Firefighters worked for two hours to extinguish the blaze. The fire is considered an arson and remains under investigation. Damage was pegged at $11,000.

• FIRE: On Dec. 18, a fire on the exterior of a house in the 1400 block of 98th Street was responded to, at 8:39 p.m., by Platoon 4. An electrical short in an outlet that was powering Christmas decorations was the cause of the fire and damage is listed at $1,000.

• FIRE: On Dec. 19, Platoon 3 was sent, at 11:52 a.m., to a report of a building fire at a vacant commercial structure in the 1300 block of Military Road. A homeless man had pitched a tent against the rear of the structure and accidentally started it on fire due to careless smoking. Damage to the structure was estimated at $1,000.

• FIRE: On Dec. 20, Engine 3 responded, at 1:52 p.m., to a vehicle fire in the 2900 block of 22nd Street. An electrical malfunction in the engine compartment of a 1999 Chevy truck was the cause of the fire and damage was set at $2,000.

• NOTE: Fireplaces should be kept clean and covered with a screen to keep sparks from jumping out. Only wood should be burned in the fireplace as paper and other materials can escape while burning and ignite nearby items. Never burn any plastic materials. Don’t leave a fire burning unattended and make sure a fire is completely extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed. Have your chimney professionally cleaned once a year.