July 4th in Niagara Falls: Injuries, Fires, Accidents, and Death

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By: Staff Reporter

The Fourth of July is a day traditionally recognized by parties, cookouts, family, friends, and fireworks. This year, however, the holiday for Niagara Falls residents included many unwanted incidents.

Fires. Injuries. Accidents. Death.

The Niagara Falls Police Department and Niagara Falls Fire Department did not have a break throughout the July 4th Holiday as they responded to numerous motor vehicle accidents, fires, injuries, and accidents involving small children.

Below is a compilation of some of the most serious calls made to Niagara Falls Police and Fire on July 4th:

-Niagara Falls Police, Fire and Medical were dispatched to the 2000 block of Hyde Park Blvd. on July 4, 2020, where a 2009 Dodge Avenger, driving west on Porter Rd., continued straight across Hyde Park Blvd. and struck the porch of the house at 2010 Hyde Park Blvd. One rear seat passenger, a 27-year-old Niagara Falls woman, was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the vehicle, a 24-year-old woman from Niagara Falls, was extricated from the vehicle by the Niagara Falls Fire Department.

-Niagara Falls Police and Fire were dispatched to the 700 block of 15th Street in the afternoon hours of July 4th, 2020, after reports that someone’s hair was set on fire.

-The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to a grass fire on the Niagara Scenic Parkway in the afternoon hours of July 4th, 2020, after someone set off fireworks there.

-The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to a grass fire started as a result of fireworks on the 9100 block of Cayuga Drive.

-The Niagara Falls Police Crash Management Unit, in addition to the Niagara Falls Fire Department and medical, responded to the 9100 block of Griffon Avenue in the evening hours of Saturday, July 4th, 2020, to investigate a mini bike crash with injuries. According to police and first responders at the scene, a 12-year-old boy, operating a Coleman CT100U mini bike, was traveling on Griffon Avenue when he struck a legally parked, and unoccupied, vehicle. The child was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo where he is being treated for serious head injuries and broken bones. He was unresponsive at the scene and then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

-Niagara Falls Police and Fire responded to Ontario Avenue in the afternoon hours of July 4th, 2020, after reports that a child was unresponsive and removed from a pool. 

-Niagara Falls Police and Fire responded to 7th Street in the evening hours of July 4th, 2020, after reports that a 20-month-old baby fell out of a third-story window.  

-Niagara Falls Fire responded to Gluck Park in the evening hours of July 4th, 2020, after reports of a box of fireworks ablaze.

 

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