Flames destroy five-unit apartment building

Firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire at this apartment house on Broadway in Darien, Genesee County.

DARIEN, N.Y. (WIVB) –  A major fire in Darien destroyed a five-unit apartment building and snarled traffic, Monday morning. Fire companies responded to Broadway, just west of Route 77, around 4:30 a.m.

Six people were inside the building, and everyone made it out safely. Two of the tenants suffered minor burns. darien

Joshua Reeb was one of those tenants and also a volunteer firefighter in Darien.

Reeb said, “Training takes over and you do what you have to do. I woke my girlfriend up and said you have to go out the window, I wasn’t even going to try the door, wasn’t going to risk it with all the smoke.”

After all six people living in the five apartments made it out safely, Reeb and another volunteer firefighter who also lived in the house jumped in to help.

Reeb said, “Got into the hall, got his gear on and ready to rock to make sure we could get equipment here.”

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says two of the tenants reported they could smell gasoline and went downstairs, to find the garage floor was wet. The sheriff’s office says it was reported that the furnace turned on and may have ignited with gas vapor, sparking the fire.

Crews from three counties worked to fight the blaze. The building was a complete loss.

The situation impacted traffic in Darien, during Monday morning’s commute. Route 20 was closed between Route 77 and Harlow, and Route 77 was closed between Erie and Route 20.

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