BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Neighbors on Sirret Street are searching for answers after hearing reports that a fire that may have taken the life of Brian Dombek is suspicious. The victim’s body has not yet been identified.
The investigation into the deadly blaze in South Buffalo is more complicated than first thought. Neighbors are being questioned and police are not just asking what may have started the fire and if anyone else may have been involved.
There has been a steady stream of family and police officers visiting Brian Dombek’s burned home at 65 Sirret Street after a blaze Tuesday night that claimed the life of one man and a German Shepherd owned by Dombek.
Gary Scheer said, “He was a good guy. I don’t know what happened here or how this fire started.”
Those who knew Dombek said he kept to himself but he and his dog, Princess, were well liked in the neighborhood.
Todd Kaminski said, “All the kids would come here my grandkids would come on to the porch, throw the ball into the street and she’d bring it back. I think everyone loved the dog that knew the dog.”
The investigation may have started off as looking into an accidental fire but now police activity at the home indicates this isn’t a clear-cut case. A spokesperson for the Buffalo Police Department wouldn’t release details about the investigation, except to say that it is ongoing.
An autopsy was expected to be completed on Wednesday but the victim still hasn’t been positively identified as Dombek by authorities.