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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.