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    Default Rash of Buffalo Fires and Potential from Forclosures

    The recent rash of vacant house fires in Buffalo, NY should be of great concern, not only for the safety of the responding firefighters, but the safety of the neighborhood(s) in which these fires are being lit. The potential for the type of injuries Fireman Mark Reed sustained when a chimney fell on him or worse is very real. Not only that, but the greed of banks moving to forclose on homes where owners have lost their jobs fuel the potential for more houses, vacant, or otherwise. So far, WNY banks have shown remarkable restraint in this respect. I heard on the news, Buffalo had six fires going at the same time. It must be extremely rough on a Buffalo Fire Department stretched so thin that some companies are lucky to have enough men to fully staff them. No thought is ever given to this as the increasingly moronic politicians use the fire department as their whipping boy, from where the cuts are going to come. If the Buffalo Fire Department should lose an entire engine company to LODs, the mayor and his stooges should be held accountable and made to answer.

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    when this whole buisness of the economy slipping and morgateges falling through, i wondered if the number of arson fires was going to increase. with all those people being laid off or fired from thier jobs and unable to come up with the cash to pay off thier homes, it seems that it would be likely to see a spike in fires. our area has been stable through it all, and job losses here were minimal, but think of all those GM plants out west where 2000 to 3000 jobs were cut at once! it will be interesting to see the statistics in a couple of years on the number of fires and thier determined causes when the feds publish thier findings. The city of Rochester also seems to be pretty busy too, ive been hearing more than average structure fire calls going. most of them seem to be vacant dwellings, according to the reports.

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    Rash of Buffalo Fires
    We've never had a buffalo fire. Had a horse on fire one time, but never a buffalo....
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
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    Default Forclosures and Potential for Arsons

    Excellent points well taken. I thought I would raise this possibility to give FD's an idea of what to watch out for as people are unemployed for longer periods of time and being pushed against the wall, resulting in acts of extreme desperation, such as a house about to be foreclosed getting lit. True alot of those fires have been vacant structures, but I am trying to alert Departments to the possibility and perhaps probablity that the longer one remains unemployed, the more desperate he or she is going to become and it follows that, after exhausting their benefits and savings, other than going on welfare, the only other option available to the unemployed would be to turn to crime, crime of all kinds. So far our area has lucked out, but sooner or later that luck is bound to run out and God help us all when it does.
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    when this whole buisness of the economy slipping and morgateges falling through, i wondered if the number of arson fires was going to increase. with all those people being laid off or fired from thier jobs and unable to come up with the cash to pay off thier homes, it seems that it would be likely to see a spike in fires. our area has been stable through it all, and job losses here were minimal, but think of all those GM plants out west where 2000 to 3000 jobs were cut at once! it will be interesting to see the statistics in a couple of years on the number of fires and thier determined causes when the feds publish thier findings. The city of Rochester also seems to be pretty busy too, ive been hearing more than average structure fire calls going. most of them seem to be vacant dwellings, according to the reports.

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