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HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Five people, including two firefighters, were taken to the hospital after an early morning ripped through a home on Rosedale Avenue.
The fire started around 2:30 a.m. in the garage and spread to the rest of the home, where a family of five was sleeping at the time. As the fire spread, a woman and her two children jumped out of a second story window to escape. A man and another child were able to safely exit the home.
The three people who jumped out the window were taken to ECMC for evaluation and two firefighters were taken to Mercy hospital for medical issues.
The house is considered a total loss.
Hamburg Volunteer Fire Chief Jared Sterner says it took crews from twenty departments in the towns of Hamburg, Orchard Park, Boston, Eden, and Evans two hours to get the fire under control. “With the humidity and everything, the firefighters were becoming overwhelmed. We’re trying to refresh them and rehab, and whatnot,” he said.
Chief Sterner says the first crews on scene found two cars engulfed in flames, but investigators are still working to determine how the fire started.
“When we first arrived, we had heavy fire. It was high as the trees and it was actually going toward the house next door, so we were worried about exposure problems,” Sterner said. “The cars were on fire so we were hearing explosions. There were car tires blowing up; there were propane tanks that were set off.”
“It was just loud and we had a lot of smoke and heat,” he added.
Chief Sterner told News 4 there was a fire hydrant near the house that was not working, so firefighters had to use another one. “So that took up a bit of time,” he said. “We were able to get sufficient water, but the fire was going well before we got there.”
The fire was later ruled arson. Hamburg police say Eden resident Nicholas Harms was found near the scene and was questioned.
According to authorities, property from the home was found in his possession.
Harms will be charged with Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Petit Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespassing and Grand Larceny.
**Beach hazards for Erie and Chautauqua county beaches through 11 PM tonight.**
Today will be a much cooler, less humid day with temperatures topping out in the low to mid 70s at best. Although cooler it will be a mostly to partly sunny day. A few isolated afternoon showers can’t be ruled out, especially across The Niagara Frontier, however most spots will remain rain free.
Any leftover showers wind down early this evening. Heading into the evening, already cool temperatures will turn even cooler bottoming out in the upper 40s across the S. Tier and mid 50s elsewhere. Those cooler temperatures will spark the development of patchy valley fog by morning.
Similar to today, partial sun Thursday will be accompanied by a few spotty showers. It will also turn out to be the coolest day of the week with high temperatures barely edging up to 70º. The weather turns drier, and brighter for the end of the week and also into the upcoming weekend, but just because there is sunshine does not mean temperatures will warm up. This weekend will feel more like late September versus late August.
TONIGHT: Stray Evening Showers End, Broken Clouds, Comfy, Low: 45 deep valleys, 55 metro, Wind: W 8-15 becoming light
THURSDAY: Partial Sun, a Few Spotty Showers, High: 65-69, Wind: WNW 5-15, Low: 54
FRIDAY: Partly Sunny. High: 70, Low: 53
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 72, Low: 54
SUNDAY: Sunshine, High: 74, Low: 56
MONDAY: Sunny, High: 73, Low: 57
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 74, Low: 58
WEDNESDAY: Partly Cloudy Skies. High: 76
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Another sewer discharge has taken place in the Niagara River.
An estimated 1.1 million gallons of sewage was discharged by the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.
It is not clear whether or not public areas were affected by the discharge, which happened during a thunderstorm Tuesday night around 7 p.m.
It lasted three hours.
A reason for the occurrence was not listed. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no steps have been taken to contain the discharge.
Just last week, another discharge occurred because heavy rain created an overflow situation.
Before that, during the last days of July, black “backwash water” was released due to the cleaning of carbon filters at the plant.
BARRE, N.Y. (WIVB) — An elderly couple was killed in an Orleans County vehicle accident on Wednesday.
The couple was driving north on Eagle Harbor Rd. in Barre when they failed to stop, and turned in the direction of a westbound tractor-trailer.
The truck pushed the vehicle into a tree, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s office.
The woman died at the scene, and the man died after being flown to Strong Memorial Hospital.
The couple has not been identified.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police in Niagara County are joining forces to better fight crime in Western New York. Wednesday morning, all of the police departments in the county signed a memorandums of understanding with the District Attorney’s office, promising to to contribute all of their data to the Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center.
The Niagara Intelligence and Crime Analysis Center (NICAC) is part of a network of eight high-tech operations in the state, staffed by crime analysts, field intelligence officers, drug intelligence officers, and a range of other specialists, including a dedicated staffer from the DA’s office who just joined the team this week.
Everyone works together in the NICAC facility inside the Niagara Falls Police Department building to crunch data, isolate trends, identify crime hotspots, develop leads in cases, and help police and prosecutors get results.
By having all of the police agencies in Niagara County share all of their data, officials say NICAC’s crime fighting capabilities are strengthened.
“Realistically, officers in Somerset should have the same knowledge of criminal activity as an officer in Niagara Falls,” explained Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti. “That’s really good for us and bad for the bad guys.”
Law enforcement officials are asking members of the public to help them fight the bad guys, too.
Part of the work done in NICAC involves a surveillance network of public and private security cameras around the region, and the more cameras they can use, the better.
County leaders are urging local businesses and residents to register their surveillance cameras with the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office as part of a new “Operation Safe Cam” initiative.
Businesses and local residents are urged to share what they have.
“Our goal is to work with the community to help blanket the county with security cameras to assist in criminal investigations,” said District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek. “Through Operation Safe Cam, our police will know where the cameras are, can access them quicker, and we can solve crimes faster.”
Anyone who wants to register their security camera for this program will soon be able to do so online at http://www.NiagaraCounty.com
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The man who ran against Carl Paladino for a seat on the Buffalo School Board will now try to replace him.
Austin Harig will run for the now-vacant seat representing Buffalo’s Park District. He lost to Paladino by only about a hundred votes last year.
Paladino was removed from the school board last week for sharing private school board information.
Last summer, Harig was charged with Assault and Harassment, but those charges were dropped earlier this year.