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Friday, February 7, 2014

Apartment Building Fire, East Aurora, New York - 02.06.2014

Woman jumps from second-floor window during blaze

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB)- East Aurora Fire Officials say a woman jumped out of a second floor window to save herself from a burning fire. The three alarm blaze started before 9 a.m. Thursday morning at 45 Church Street.

When fire crews arrived flames were spewing out of the home. The hot embers destroyed the wooden apartment home. Fire investigators are on the scene trying to determine what caused it.

East Aurora Fire Chief Roger LeBanc says one pet is confirmed dead. At this time it’s unclear if any more were in the home.

The chief says the woman who jumped is lucky to be alive. She was taken to ECMC to be treated for minor injuries.

A man was also in the building at the time of the fire. He was on the first floor and taken to a nearby hospital to be checked.

The chief says the home will be destroyed in the near future.

Woman jumps from second floor of burning building in East Aurora

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — Two residents of an old, wood-frame multifamily home escaped from a fast-moving fire this morning in East Aurora, but responders were unable to rescue a number of pets trapped in the building.
Lt. Jack Wolff of the Village of East Aurora Police Department said from the scene that a woman in her 20s jumped from the second floor into the snow to escape the blaze.
“I was there but had nothing to catch her with. She may have injured her back, and went to the hospital,” Wolff said.
He estimated that about eight people lived in the building’s four apartment units.
The other resident who was home at the time lived on the first floor and escaped without injury. Police were able to reach all of the other residents to make sure they were safe and notify them about the fire.
The blaze, reported at 8:47 a.m., quickly spread through the two-story yellow structure at 45 Church St., and firefighting efforts were complicated by temperatures barely above zero.
“There are a lot of icing conditions,” Wolff said.
Police closed access to the two-block area around the corner of Church and East Fillmore. With the fire still burning nearly two hours after it was first reported, Wolff said there was no doubt the building was a total loss.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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