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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A fire this morning on Weld Street destroyed a detached garage and its contents, resulting in approximately $75,000 damage according to the Lockport Fire Department.

According to an LFD press release, the fire -- at 33 Weld St. -- started at approximately 8:05 a.m., engulfing the garage. It took 14 firefighters over two hours to completely extinguish the blaze.

"The Third Platoon under the direction of Assistant Chief Lou Farina responded to the scene from fire headquarters. Chief (Pat) Brady and MTO/Safety Officer (Luca) Quagliano also responded immediately to the scene," the press release states.

"On arrival the two-and-a-half-car detached garage that was set back approximately 100 feet from the road was found to be fully involved with fire showing from both the front and rear of the structure. A supply line was laid and while the supply hose was being placed at the hydrant immediately adjacent to the driveway of the residence, crews began an attack of the fire from the front of the structure," The press release continues. "A second hose line was then also deployed to the rear of the structure. A second alarm was requested to supplement man power at the scene and to provide the needed staffing at fire headquarters to answer any other requests for service during this incident."

Those other crew members were needed as a second fire alarm rang out at the same time, calling LFD to a fire in a piece of heavy equipment at Lafarge, 400 Hinman Road. That fire, which caused approximately $5,000 damage, was out upon their arrival. It's believed it may have been caused by an electrical problem on that piece of equipment.

On Weld Street, "crews were able quickly to knock down a large volume of fire at the front of the structure at this time and then began ventilation efforts at windows located on the both sides of the building. A section of the roof at the rear of the structure was found to have already collapsed, hampering attempts to extinguish the contents of the building that were underneath this section of the roof. Firefighters then made access through the garage door  and were able to extinguish the main body of fire inside the structure. After extinguishment of the main body of fire, crews continued to search for and extinguish any other small pockets of fire that were found inside the structure. This fire was extinguished by a total of 14 on scene LFD personnel using 5,500 gallons of water and 5 gallons of Class A foam.

The garage contained a car, small tractor, skid steer, and a large assortment of tools and other equipment used by the homeowner for his business venture. All were lost in the blaze.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation by LFD fire investigators.

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