BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo's bravest returned to the scene of this week's industrial inferno. The massive fire left a neighborhood on edge.
It's quite a different scene now. There has now been a national response to this fire. The ATF is investigating the massive fire that kept Buffalo firefighters busy for 17 straight hours.
The blaze at the Niagara Lubricants on Chandler Street sent thick, heavy smoke billowing through the Black Rock neighborhood and beyond Wednesday. The conditions were difficult for Buffalo's bravest. Oil was filling the streets all day long as firefighters tried controlling the factory fire.
Fire commissioner Garnell Whitfield says the department is aware of the potential dangers from the four-alarmer. And it's not just the water. Residents were told to stay indoors all day because of the thick smoke. The fire department isn't equipped to handle air quality testing on this large scale.
Commissioner Whitfield says the Environmental Protection Agency was handling air testing, while firefighters went door-to-door, telling neighbors to go inside.
"We did not take air samples, quite frankly to take air samples here while that event was going on, we would have had to deploy hundreds of assets throughout the community to effectively take air samples," said Commissioner Whitfield.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. The fire commissioner says that no one has been inside the building, and it's just not safe enough to go in and investigate.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
The Niagara County Sheriff's responded to Saunders Settlement Road near Comstock in Cambria Friday night after receiving a tip about a suspected meth lab.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
Firefighters had to withdraw from a smoky fire in Blasdell at a multi-dwelling home on South Park Avenue Friday night because the flames were so intense.
Call 4 Action looked into claims this week that members of BJ's Wholesale Club were paying too much on sales tax on some deeply discounted items.
State Police in Pennsylvania are investigating an alleged pedophile pastor already facing charges in Western New York.