Fire guts Pine Ave. building

A fire early Saturday morning has destroyed two Pine Avenue businesses.

The blaze was spotted by a Falls police officer on patrol in the 600 block of Pine Avenue about 5 a.m. Saturday. Officer Kelly Alcorn described the building at 613 Pine Avenue, which housed Albert’s World of Coiffure and Kings Fashion, as being “fully engulfed in flames.”

Albert Walton, the owner of World of Coiffure, said it took just a half hour to reduce his building to rubble.

“It’s totaled,” Watson said of his business. “It’s burned to the ground.”

Walton is reopening Albert’s World of Coiffure temporarily at 1114 Haeberle Ave.

Saturday morning, Falls firefighters used every available piece of firefighting equipment in the city to bring the blaze under control. Suburban volunteer fire companies were called in to stand-by at city fire halls to provide protection while the Pine Avenue fire raged.

Faisel Harum, whose Kings Fashion was also located in the building, was stunned by what he witnessed. The hip-hop clothing store had just opened for business on Friday.

“I can’t believe it,” Harum said. “I was sleeping and a person yelled somebody was breaking into my store. I saw nothing. I didn’t see who broke in. All the building is gone. Everything is destroyed.”

Police are looking into the possibility that the fire may have been set to cover up a break in. Early reports indicate that the fire may have started at Kings Fashion.

Arson investigators are still searching for what triggered the fire.


• DWI: Steven Richard Borden, 35, 115 Dorwood Park, Ransomville, was charged Saturday morning with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and driving with a suspended registration. Deputies responded to B Street for a report of a man sleeping in his car with the motor running and the lights on. Borden was reportedly found snoring in the front seat. He failed four field sobriety tests and told deputies he’d had 10 or more drinks and was trying to drive to his sister’s house in Lockport. He registered a 0.18 percent blood alcohol content on a breath test. Borden was previously convicted of a DWI in Clarence in 2001, the report said.


• BURGLARY: A Plaza Drive woman reported Sunday that between Sept. 20 and 26, someone stole $600 from an envelope on her kitchen table.


• LARCENY: A Bayview Station woman reported Sunday that she was packing for a move to Albany when she took off her wedding rings and put them on the counter in the bathroom. Later, she could not find them. The rings are worth $4,000, the report said.

• FIGHT: Matthew J. Sanders, 18, 41A Locust St., Lockport, was charged Saturday morning with disorderly conduct. Sanders was allegedly involved in a fight in front of Bill’s Diner on Main Street. The incident was related to an earlier fight on West Avenue, after which Sanders allegedly told a deputy he planned to return to West Avenue to “finish” the fight. He was told he would be under arrest if he did, the report said. After deputies arrived at the fight on Main Street, Sanders was arrested. He is being held in lieu of $100 bail and is due Oct. 9 in Newfane Town Court.

• ALCOHOL: Three people were arrested after deputies responded to a report of a loud party on West Avenue late Friday. Caroline E. Bannach, 22, Nicholas R. Bannach, 18 ,and Travis M. Bannach, 20, all of 2755 West Ave., were each charged with first-degree unlawful dealing with a child for throwing a party at their home. About 200 people were at the home when deputies arrived, many of whom were drinking alcohol. One girl was found to be 20 years old. The Bannachs were each released on appearance tickets and are due today in Newfane Town Court.


• ASSAULT: A Ridge Road, Gasport man reported Sunday that he had broken up a fight at the Pour Boyz Bar on Ridge Road at 3:46 a.m. He then walked into the road and was confronted by one of them men involved in the fight, who pushed him down. The man said he fell onto his left arm, breaking it, and while he was on the ground, the man punched him several times. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Tri-Town Ambulance. Charges are pending.

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