Deputy Driving By Residence Spots Fire, Uses Patrol Car Extinguisher

Modified: April 4, 2017 10:08am

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Although Deputy Couldn’t Extinguish Fire, His Actions Limited the Damage


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputy Mosier was traveling along Old Lake Shore Road in the Village of Angola on April 2 when he spotted heavy black smoke coming from a residence at 9229 Old Lake Shore Road.  The Deputy stopped to assist the homeowner and used the fire extinguisher from his patrol vehicle.  Deputy Mosier exhausted his fire extinguisher’s contents attempting to put out a truck engine fire.  The Deputy’s efforts could not extinguish the fire, so he assisted the elderly homeowners to evacuate the residence.


Members of the Lake Erie Volunteer Fire Company and the Evans Police Department responded to the scene to assist.  The fire was extinguished, leaving extensive damage to the garage but causing limited damage to the house.  Erie County Sheriff’s Fire Investigators ruled the fire accidental and stated that Deputy Mosier’s actions knocked down the fire enough to provide the volunteer fire company personnel additional time to save the main dwelling.


The Sheriff’s Fire Investigation Unit did not estimate the damage costs to the structures or property from the fire and ruled the cause was the running vehicle in the garage.


Damaged in the fire were a 1969 and 1965 Ford Mustang and a 1977 Chevy pickup truck.  The garage sustained heavy damage as did a common wall between the garage and house.