Niagara FallsFire Department

Calls for service

For the period of Jan. 19 to 25, the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 90 calls for assistance.

n FIRE: At 8:11 p.m. Jan. 20, fire units were dispatched for a reported fire in a structure in the 1700 block of Pierce Avenue. Initial reports indicated that there was a fire in a bedroom. Firefighters aggressively began a search for the fire and came across a bed that was on fire with some minor extension to surrounding combustibles. The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighters shifted their focus to removing the smoke. The fire was determined to have been caused when an occupant who was burning incense and accidentally set fire to the bedding material.

n FIRE: Late Sunday morning, firefighters were alerted to a reported house fire in the 1100 block of Pasadena Avenue. Arriving units were confronted with large amounts of smoke coming from the second floor of the two-story home. Firefighters quickly deployed hoselines to the fire area while other fire units began a search for any occupants. The fire was quickly knocked down but the second floor of the home suffered extensive smoke damage. The actual fire was confined to the room of origin and damage losses were estimated at $35,000. After an investigation by members of the fire Prevention Bureau, it was determined that this fire was accidental and was caused by an unattended candle. The family suffered the loss of a pet due to this blaze.

n NOTES: The onset of winter has caused an increase in the amount of carbon monoxide incidents. Fortunately, there have been no deaths but some citizens have complained of exposure symptoms. Residents are reminded that a properly working detector will greatly lessen the likelihood of severe carbon monoxide poisoning. If you detector activates and you are unsure of the cause, residents should immediately contact the fire department.

January has also produced several additional residents for our city. Since the beginning of the year, fire departments EMT’s have been called to homes and have assisted in the delivery of three babies.

The department continues to set records for activity. For the entire month of January 2006 the department had 299 emergency incidents. With a week to go in January 2007, the department has already responded to 352 emergency incidents.

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