Fire

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Buffalo firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze in a downtown neighborhood this morning.

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A Buffalo mother who tried to rescue her young son in an overnight fire has died. Firefighters rescued the two people from a burning two-family home at 174 Timon Street early Friday.

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Fire struck a longstanding business in the Elmwood Village overnight Friday.

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Firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze inside a vacant warehouse off Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo early Friday afternoon.

Orchard Park fire closes road

Dec 11, 2012
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Firefighters are busy in the village of Orchard Park dealing with a two-alarm blaze.  Flames broke out in a building at 4226 North Buffalo Street just before 2 p.m. Tuesaday. 

Fire destroys historic Wyoming County building

Oct 2, 2012

A state of emergency has been declared in the Wyoming County town and village of Castile following a massive overnight fire that destroyed a government building. 

Two dozen fire companies were called to 55 North Main Street around 2 a.m.  The 130-year-old building, which is a total loss, housed town and village offices, a restaurant, and apartments. 

Some residents tell media outlets that the owner of the restaurant, Lorraine's Place, who lives above the restaurant, is unaccounted for.  Authorities have not confirmed her status. 

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A machine malfunction is being blamed for an early morning fire at the FMC Industrial Chemicals Group plant on Sawyer Road.

Fire crews responded this morning to calls of smoke filling the second and third floors of the plant. Hazmat crews were also called in case there were chemical issues to contend with. No damage estimates are available as yet.

One firefighter was treated at ECMC for burns.

Reports on his condition have yet to be released.
 

Victims of Bolivar fire identified

Aug 20, 2012

The three victims of a house fire in Allegany County have been identified.

Forty-two-year-old Tina Kemp and two of her grandchildren, 2-year-old Jessica Holmes and 3-year-old Eric Holmes, died in the fast moving fire on Horse Run Road in the Town of Bolivar Sunday.

The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 4:15 a.m. Sunday. Officials say there were apparently no working smoke detectors in the house, which might have made a difference.

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An early morning, two alarm blaze closed a portion of Elmwood Avenue overnight.

Crews responded to calls at 353 Elmwood just after midnight where a fire was well established when firefighters arrived. The apartment building suffered an estimated $200,000 in damage, and one person was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the Red Cross is assisting residents of the building.
 

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A man who narrowly averted death just weeks ago was killed in an early morning fire on Saturday.

The as yet unidentified victim was recently pulled to safety from the subway tracks at the Utica Street station after falling unconscious and tumbling into the path of an oncoming train. The fifty-nine year old man was killed when his Bailey Avenue apartment was consumed by fire.

Rescue efforts were unsuccessful, though another occupant did escape the blaze.

Smoking in bed is thought to be the cause of the fire.
 

EPA urged to improve industrial "hazmat" disclosures

Feb 23, 2012

Firefighters and other first responders to emergencies say more knowledge about the hazardous materials awaiting them at a fire scene will benefit not only their crews but also the nearby public.   Leaders from the first responder community  joined Senator Charles Schumer at Erie County's Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in Cheektowaga, where they called on the Environmental Protection Agency to streamline its system under which industries report the potentially dangerous materials they house.

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The investigation continues into a fire that killed a man living in a residential motel in Clarence.  The fire broke out shortly before 5:30pm Thursday. 

Volunteer firefighters arriving on the scene found flames shooting from a front apartment of the Rock Garden Motel.  Assistant Chief Jeffrey Schlabach said they were able to contain the fire.

"Things went fairly smoothly.  Our crews did a good job," said Schlabach.  "They did a good job knocking it down."

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