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    Man’s fall shuts down Rainbow Bridge lanes

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A major international bridge in the Niagara Falls’ tourist district closed its U.S.-bound lanes for two hours Sunday after a man tumbled into the gorge.

    Niagara Falls firefighters on the Canadian side of the border parked their aerial truck on the Rainbow Bridge and rescued a 25-year-old man from below.

    “He got hauled out of the gorge, up onto the top of the Rainbow Bridge where we transferred the care into EMS hands,” said Niagara Falls Fire Department platoon chief Pete Methner.

    Methner said the man had only minor injuries and was taken to hospital for assessment.

    Passengers stranded in Skylon elevator

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A group of 18 passengers were stuck in an elevator for about two hours after it malfunctioned at the Skylon Tower Wednesday night.

    Niagara Falls Fire Chief Jim Boutilier said firefighters were called to the Robinson Street business at around 8:30 p.m.

    Working with elevator technicians and the Skylon’s maintenance staff, about 10 firefighters helped to manually lower the glass-enclosed elevator to the ground. It had stalled near the top of the 775-foot tower.

    Fire destroys part of Falls mini putt property

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Police and fire officials are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed part of the Jungle Putt and Freddie’s Ice Cream property on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls Fire Chief Lee Smith said they received a call at around 5 a.m. and about 25 firefighters responded to the 911 call.

    Upon arrival, firefighters found the back half of a building on the property fully engulfed in flames, he said.

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    Overnight fire guts four Niagara Falls businesses

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    I’m a little late in posting this, but here are some articles regarding the fire on Victoria Ave that I posted about last week

    From Niagara This Week:

    A major fire early Wednesday morning destroyed four businesses on Victoria Avenue, not far from Clifton Hill.

    When firefighters arrived on the scene just after midnight, they found smoke coming from a portion of the building at 5815 Victoria Ave. which houses The Capish Hip Hop store, Phat Cat Tattoos, a palm and tarot card reader and a sand art store.

    Niagara Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief Phil Ross said firefighters began to attack the blaze, but it spread quickly, and flames broke through the roof.

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    ‘It’s amazing’: Man survives plunge over Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Experienced rescuers said it’s “amazing” a man survived going over Niagara Falls Monday morning — only the fourth time someone has taken the 54-metre plunge and lived.

    An unidentified man went over the Horseshoe Falls in what police say was an unsuccessful suicide attempt that unfolded in front of hundreds of Victoria Day tourists in Niagara Falls.

    Rescuers found him at the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls, on the rocks near the Journey Behind the Falls attraction.

    Niagara Parks Police and firefighters were called to the area at 10:20 a.m., after receiving unconfirmed reports from tourists that a man had gone over the falls.

    After interviewing witnesses and checking surveillance tape, police confirmed the man had gone into the water about six to 10 metres upriver from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Gas leak forces Clifton Hill evacuation

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Businesses on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls had to be shut down and buildings evacuated after a four-inch natural gas line was severed by construction workers Thursday afternoon.

    Firefighters, police and paramedics were called to the scene at about 4:15 p.m., and began to shut down the area to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic because of safety concerns.

    “We have to keep the area clear. With something like this you always have a concern that gas could be leaking into one of the buildings,” said Doug Mann, platoon chief with the Niagara Falls Fire Department.

    Things opened at around 8 pm…

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