A man allegedly threatened a female acquaintance with a gun and set a house on fire today in Tonawanda, New York, temporarily causing the Erie County town to be locked down.
The incident began when a distressed female called 911 and claimed the 60-year-old man was menacing her with a gun, according to the Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/19uXcSr). She was later able to flee the home, which burned and mostly collapsed. The local school district was locked down during the incident.
Firefighters were unable to attack the fire because of fears that the man was holed up inside with a weapon. Police do not think the man was able to escape the fire, and haven’t determined whether reports of shots fired inside the home may have been self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
For further details about the incident, go to http://bit.ly/19uXcSr.
A shooting last year in Webster, New York, that killed two firefighters and injured two others has put increased focus on firefighters facing violence on the job. For more on this issue, consider Firefighter Safety: Firefighters and Violence: Nine Questions You Should Ask, Response Priorities for Mass Violence Incidents, and Recent Violence Against Fire Fighters Requires Action By Fire Chiefs. For additional training on this subject, consider Assault: A New Reality for First Responders, New Free Firefighters/EMT Self -Defense Program Available, and Firefighter Safety: The Violent Confrontation.