LACKAWANNA, N.Y. -- When this fire started Wednesday morning, firefighters knew from the outset that this would be a long, hard fought effort.
2 On Your Side got a hold of the scanner traffic of dispatchers getting crews to the fire as the first calls came in Wednesday morning. If you were listening to the scanner traffic close to 8:00 a.m., you heard first responders doing what they do every day. They quickly realized this wasn't an every-day fire.
For more than 15 hours now, firefighters from Lackawanna, Buffalo and Woodlawn, and beyond, have been busy fighting this fire. When they realized how big it was, and where it was, Lackawanna Fire called for a Hazmat team and mutual aid to meet up at Gate 6 on Route 5.
"We have seen the plume and the plume is huge. And, uh, we were checking to make sure it wasn't in South Buffalo," said a first responder.
"Additional equipment to respond to that Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna for the mutual aid assignment for Engine 3 and Hazmat 1," said another first responder.
"Ladder 15 to 46," said one crewmember.
"Go ahead Ladder 15," said dispatch.
"This fire is huge. We're going to need more than (inaudible)," said the first responder.
"Roger that, I'm just pulling up now," said another.
After that, the dispatcher announced again for crews to meet up at Gate 6 on Route 5.
Erie County's Air-1 is helping crews by providing pictures from the air. Air-1 is now able to transmit real-time footage to the command post.