On June 24, at 10:23 p.m., the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received several 911 calls reporting a structure fire at an apartment building located at 3143 Bellreng Drive in the Town of Niagara.
An NCSO deputy arrived to find flames coming from the third-floor exterior wall and roof of the structure. Residents were found yelling from a third-floor balcony that they were trapped and unable to evacuate. Patrols and firefighters forced entry into the locked exterior door and successfully evacuated all tenants and pets.
The fire was subsequently extinguished by members of Niagara Active Hose Co. and Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, along with St. Johnsburg and Bergholz fire companies, which also responded.
This building sustained moderate fire and smoke damage. A 28-year-old female was transported to ECMC by Mercy EMS for apparent non-life-threatening burn injuries.
An investigation into the cause of the fire by the Niagara County Origin and Cause Team is underway.