Buffalo (NY) Firefighters Battle House Fire

Tower ladder used at house fire


Buffalo (NY) firefighters of the 4th Battalion, 1st Platoon battled a large two-and-a-half story frame dwelling at 1421 Michigan Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side on Monday morning, April 15, 2019.

Firefighters used three 1¾-inch hand lines and two tower ladders to bring the fire under control. The occupants were not at home at the time of the fire. Damage was listed at $175,000 to the building and $125,000 to the contents. 83 Glenwood Avenue received $15,000 exposure damage.

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The Red Cross was called to assist the family. The building collapsed about 20 minutes into the fire. The cause is under investigation.


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Incident report and photos by Kevin Brautlacht

Buffalo (NY) firefighters responded to a late morning fire at 91 Crestwood Avenue on Buffalo’s north side. The officer of the first arriving engine company reported a 2 1/2-story home with heavy fire on the second floor and similar exposure buildings on each side and immediately requested a second alarm.

Engine crews deployed several 2 1/2-inch handlines while the ladder companies evacuated the exposure buildings. High winds spread the fire to both 89 and 95 Crestwood, requiring 7th Battalion Chief Kraebel to call for the third alarm. Damage to 91 and 95 Crestwood was each listed at $225,000 with $90,000 damage to 89 Crestwood. The fire displaced several residents who were being assisted by the Red Cross. Firefighters used seven 2 1/2-inch handlines and four tower ladders. At least one firefighter was injured and treated at the hospital. The cause is under investigation.

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