A garage behind a private residence and full of professional grade fireworks exploded around 12:30pm on June 12.

Lake View Volunteer Fire Fighters from the Town of Hamburg NY responded and arrived just as the roof of the garage was blown off by multiple explosions. Two men, including one in a wheel chair, had no chance of escaping. A young woman was transported to the Erie County Medical Center Burn Unit with burns over 90% of her body.

Located about 15 miles south of Buffalo NY, nine other Hamburg and Evans departments responded. The explosions leveled the structure, destroyed a car and damaged the adjacent home. The Western New York Stress Reduction Team's Critical Incident Debriefing counselors assisted emergency workers with the grim scene.

Lake View responded to a working house fire, a brush fire and a spill later that same day. More info available at: www.onscenemarketing.com/onscene.htm

Tiger Schmittendorf
OnScene Marketing Services