Photos and incident report by Angelo McKnight
Buffalo fire crews were called to this recent fire at 586 Tonawanda St.
Engine 26 arrived with heavy smoke from a one-story commercial structure. They laid a handline into Side 3 and reported fire in the rear. Engine 19 secured a water source for Engine 26, so Engine 36 prepped the rig for additional water resources. Engine 36 stretched the second line to back up Engine 26. Ladder 13 forced a rear door and along with Engine 26, and they began to operate the line in the rear.
Suddenly, a heavy volume of fire emanated from the doorway. Members made a hasty retreat to the exterior and became cut off from the Side 4 driveway as heavy fire blew out the 3/4 side of the structure and down the driveway.