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Submitted by the City of Niagara Falls Office of the Mayor
At 6:14 p.m. Monday, Niagara Falls Fire Department crews responded to a fire at Myles Scrap Yard at 5501 Lockport Road. Multiple vehicles on the southwest section of the yard were on fire. Because of the location, it took several hours to bring it under control, due to the difficulty getting equipment back to the area of the fire.
While clearing equipment from the scene, crews identified another set of fires on the northeast section of the property. One of the firefighters on the scene used a flood light to scan the area, and found an individual hiding among some vehicles. NFFD personnel converged on the individual, while waiting for Niagara Falls Police to arrive. Police took into custody one male individual who was issued an appearance ticket for criminal mischief and was released.
At 4:13 a.m., NFFD crews were called back to 5501 Lockport Road, where they found another fire in a trailer that was filled with tires. A Niagara Falls fire investigator found a cell phone near the trailer. With the help of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Canine Unit, NFPD were called to a house across the street from the scrap yard where they found the male individual. He was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for observation.
Multiple agencies assisted the city: New York State Police, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Town of Niagara Police, Niagara Active Hose and Niagara Falls Water Board.