Commissioner Garnell Whifield

Local
10:12 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Delaware Avenue fire claims one life

Most of the city's available fire units were called to the Delaware Avenue fire Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A Buffalo man died in a three-alarm fire at a Delaware Avenue apartment building Wednesday night. Buffalo Firefighters rescued the victim from his burning apartment, but he died a short time later at ECMC.

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Local
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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Local
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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Local
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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Local
7:56 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Buffalo firefighters awaiting back pay

Buffalo Fire truck
Credit WBFO News file photo

More than a month-and-a-half after approving a new contract with the City of Buffalo, firefighters are still waiting for some money that they're owed.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on firefighters back pay.

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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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