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City lawmaker seeks answers to recent industrial fires

By Michael Mroziak


Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Common Council will receive a proposed resolution this week that calls for closer scrutiny of at least one Buffalo business where firefighters recently battled an industrial fire.

Within a week, Buffalo firefighters took on two major industrial fires within the city - the first at Niagara Lubricants on Chandler Street, the second days later at Goldman Titanium on Dorothy Street.

Buffalo Common Council President David Franczyk is this week introducing a resolution that calls for further investigation, particularly at Goldman Titanium.

What interests Franczyk is that last week's fire was the fifth at the facility since the 1990s.

When flames broke out at Niagara Lubricants earlier this month, authorities advised residents to stay indoors. Some questioned whether evacuations were appropriate.

Franczyk said the experts know when to make that call, but his resolution does seek to ask questions.

It's unknown if councilmembers will take immediate action on the resolution. There's the chance it will first go to a council committee or be tabled for further discussion.