Buffalo Fire Department

1:30 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Underground electrical fire closes downtown streets

A dislodged manhole cover leaves an open crater at the intersection of Tupper and Pearl Streets in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

An underground electrical fire at Franklin and Tupper Streets in downtown Buffalo resulted in the closing of streets and evacuation of buildings on Sunday afternoon.

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4:04 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Envelope with white powder delivered to Buffalo News building

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Buffalo Fire Department's Haz-Mat team was called to The Buffalo News building Monday afternoon after an envelope with white powder inside was delivered to the newspaper's offices.

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Multiple accidents reported with one fatality
9:46 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Icy roads blamed for series of incidents

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Icy roads caused problems for area drivers this weekend.

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5:49 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Massive four-alarm blaze destroys Buffalo warehouse: Fire marshals investigating origins

4-alarm blaze on Howard Street causing smoky conditions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Buffalo Fire Marshals are looking for the cause of yesterday's four-alarm blaze that leveled a warehouse on the city's east side and spread to several neighboring buildings.

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3:23 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hazmat investigates white powder found at U.S. Courthouse

Hazmat crews were on scene at the Federal courthouse to investigate suspicious white powder
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

First responders were called to the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo Wednesday to investigate a suspicious envelope with a white powdery substance inside. The Buffalo Fire Department responded to the scene in hazmat suits around 12:30 p.m.

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Man charged in Grant Street fires
6:29 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Riverside man charged in Grant Street fires

Surveillance video image used to help identify Allister M. Bouvart
Credit WBFO News

City of Buffalo Fire Marshals are charging a Riverside man in connection with the series of fires set along Grant Street, early Thursday morning.

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DHS monies benefit Buffalo, West Seneca
10:55 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Federal funding will improve local fire departments

Senator Charles Schumer
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

New York State's two US Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand, have announced funding for improvements to a pair of Western New York fire departments.

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1:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Buffalo firefighters begin carrying overdose antidote Narcan

Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield and Lt. Rick Hanes-Stetter show the Narcan kits now equipped on department vehicles.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

All of the Buffalo Fire Department's first response apparatus have been outfitted with kits of the life-saving overdose drug Narcan. Shortly after its rollout, the drug was used to save the life of a man overdosing on heroin.

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4:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Deputy fire commissioner asked to resign over overtime costs

Credit File photo

The City of Buffalo has requested, and received, the resignation of a deputy fire commissioner based on what it calls a failure to rein in overtime costs.

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5:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Fatal fire highlights importance of smoke detectors

Fire Alarm.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

In light of the fire that claimed the life of 7-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago in the city on Sunday, Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield is reminding people to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home.

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1:23 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Officials identify young victim of Fillmore Avenue fire

Fire at 1400 Fillmore Avenue.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Seven-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago died in a fire at 1400 Fillmore Avenue Sunday. Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said the cause of the blaze is still undetermined and the investigation is ongoing.

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5:26 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Buffalo firefighters mark 30th anniversary of deadly explosion

Aftermath of the 1983 warehouse propane explosion on North Division in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Fire Rescue Magazine

Today marks the anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the history of the Buffalo Fire Department. Thirty years ago tonight, a propane tank explosion inside a warehouse at North Division and Grosvenor streets, killing five Buffalo Firefighters.

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9:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Hydrant colors provide firefighters with vital information

The color of a fire hydrant provides firefighters with important information.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo has come up with a low-tech way to help the first fire fighters arriving at a burning building.

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4:58 am
Mon November 4, 2013

North Division fire destroys two homes

The smell of smoke permeated throughout downtown  Buffalo early Monday morning after firefighters battled a three-house fire on North Division Street.

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4:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

City unveils newest additions to firefighting fleet

Some of the new additions to the firefighting fleet.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

The Buffalo Fire Department has ten new vehicles at its disposal, continuing the city's effort to upgrade and augment its fleet.

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9:22 am
Fri August 24, 2012

All-female fire crew assembles in South Buffalo

It's a rarity for the Buffalo Fire Department: an all-female crew assigned to the same truck. 

The Buffalo News reports that it happened on Thursday, when the scheduling unintentionally resulted in four women working on Engine 4 in South Buffalo.

The department is only 5 percent female and there are usually no more than two women on the same schedule at once. 

Lieutenant Kate Keane and firefighters Sue Farry, Michelle Burke and Debbie Ernest all have been firefighters for more than a decade.

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3:25 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in Buffalo Fire Department

A lawsuit against the Buffalo Fire Department that claimed racial discrimination has been dismissed.  

The 14-year-old lawsuit was filed by 17 former and current African-American firefighters.  It accused the city of discriminating against African-American employees based on promotional and disciplinary policies.

U.S. District Judge John Curtin issued the dismissal, saying the suit failed to state its case against the fire department.   Curtin said there was a lack of evidence to support the claims.

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Local Identity of fire victim sought
9:46 am
Sun December 18, 2011

Investigators seek identity of fire victim

Authorities are still seeking clues to the identity of the man killed in Friday night's fire on Sycamore Street.

The building was an abandoned residence and all of the utilities had been disconnected. The cause of the fatal fire is still under investigation. Commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department, Garnell Whitfield, warns that winter weather drives many people, homeless or otherwise, to use heat sources that might not be all together safe.

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