LOCKPORT - The cost to the City of Lockport for fighting the HTI Recycling fire and handling its aftermath has topped $160,000, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said.
The Common Council will be asked to appropriate as much as $109,550 from the city's contingency fund to cover the expenses of battling the blaze, which burned Aug. 10-13, caused the death of a 14-year-old boy, caused an estimated $5.25 million in damage, and forced scores of residents from their homes.
McCaffrey said the city already has paid $39,715 in firefighter overtime, $11,040 for after-action firefighter physicals and $245 to Modern Disposal to rent portable toilets for firefighters to use during the blaze at the tire recycling plant.
Bills still unpaid include $70,305 to Mark Cerrone Inc. of Niagara Falls to rent heavy equipment to move rubble during the fire; an estimated $12,000 to repair a city fire engine; and a total of $21,103 to repair vehicles belonging to the Niagara County Emergency Management Department and the South Lockport, Wrights Corners, Gasport and St. Johnsburg fire companies, all damaged during the mutual aid response.
Also, the city owes Drum Oil of Hartland $5,902 for emergency diesel fuel deliveries to the scene to keep the fire trucks running.
McCaffrey said Police Department and Water Department overtime during the fire and the cost of repairing water main breaks caused by the demand on the water system have yet to be tallied.
The mayor disclosed the billing before Wednesday night's Salute to the Stevens Street Heroes, honoring the firefighters from 60 companies in three counties who took part in battling the blaze. Lockport Fire Chief Patrick K. Brady and county Emergency Management Director Jonathan F. Schultz were presented with keys to the city during the public event in the Historic Palace Theatre.
The fire killed Joe Phillips, a 14-year-old boy who became trapped in a vacant building at the site.
At least one adolescent boy is expected to be charged with arson and prosecuted in Niagara County Family Court in connection with the HTI blaze. Attorney A. Angelo DiMillo said Wednesday that he represents a 13-year-old whom he expects to be charged.