Buffing in Buffalo:Photos and Videos from Multiple Alarm Fires


Lloyd Mitchell on the scene in Buffalo with working fires


Fire photographer and Backstep contributor Lloyd Mitchell has been in Buffalo these past days and took in several working fires. Below are some of his still shots and videos. The photos are of a fire in the 200 block of Carlton Street. Engine 3 was first to arrive and reported fire showing from all floors and extending into the attic. Battalion 56 called for a second-alarm due to multiple dead hydrants and apparatus mechanical issues. You can see more of the photos here.


Video: Second-Alarm, 246 Carlton Street

Engine 3 arrived first due to 246 Carlton St. They reported fire showing from the first floor rear, second floor and extending to the attic. B.56 assumed command and ordered everyone to stay out of the structure. There were multiple dead hydrants in the area and mechanical issues required a second alarm by the orders of B.56 Multiple hand lines were placed in operation. Ladders 2 and 4 set up master streams, Engines 1 and 3 used their deck guns.

Video: Third-Alarm, 73 and 93 Milburn Streets

Buffalo firefighters from the 3rd Battalion responded to 73 and 93 Milburn for a responded structure fire. Engine 22 reported a vacant two story dwelling fully involved, moments later Engine 22 also notified dispatch of a separate 2.5 vacant fully involved. Engine 22 requested the balance of the second alarm to the scene at 1:58 am. Chief Britzzalaro assumed command and struck the balance of 3rd alarm at 2:07 a.m.

Video: Second-Alarm, 392 Jersey Street

Fifteen minutes after the third alarm at 73 and 93 Milburn St was called under control, dispatch dropped the tones again for a reported structure fire on Jersey St with multiple phone calls. Dispatch ran through the size up and reported the calling parties stating that the fire was on the porch. Dispatch further reported the residents to be trapped inside the structure. The occupants were forced to jump from the structure due to heavy smoke and fire. Companies responded from a distance as they were shifted throughout the city. There is no word on the residents’ conditions at this time.

All photos courtesy of Lloyd Mitchell Photography and are used with permission.

Read more articles on fireground photography by Lloyd here.

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Lloyd Mitchell is a freelance photographer whose photos of firefighters at work began as a change of pace. “I started taking photography classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the age of 15. The camp counselor thought I was good. The rest is history. I have worked with my community newspaper in Brooklyn for the last two summers. During the summer of my sophomore year, I wanted to work on a project different from things I had worked on during the school year. So I started to photograph firefighters. I would take portraits of them after jobs. I would drop the photos off to them. I didn’t expect the project to last two more summers.” “The project has been of fun. I’ve met a lot of amazing and down to earth people. My purpose of the project was I want people to understand what they go through on a daily tour. I have more of an artistic feeling to my images. I want my photos to tell an overall story. I don’t feel scared behind the lens. These people aren’t scared to run into a burning building.” You can follow Lloyd's work here and at his photography website.

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