Apartment fire claims man’s life, displaces five families

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man died from injuries suffered in a three-alarm fire at a Buffalo highrise apartment building Wednesday night. The victim’s name has not been released.

Firefighters were called to The Commodore at 1240 Delaware Avenue around 9 p.m. and found flames on the fourth floor of the five-story building. Getting water to the fire proved difficult in the older building.20140430_212549

A male victim was found in the fourth floor apartment where the fire began and was taken to the hospital, but he later died. Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield says the victim suffered burns.

“He was a very large individual,” Whitfield says. “It was very labor-intensive to get him out. Probably about 10 guys carried him out.”

A third alarm was called after fire crews discovered flames had traveled up the walls of the building and onto the fifth floor. The blaze was brought under control after about an hour. Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the apartment where they first broke out and the apartment immediately above it.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries fighting the fire, but it is unclear at this time what those injuries are.

Fire officials say the blaze caused $500,000 in damage to the 66-unit building and $100,000 in damage to the contents. The cause remains under investigation.

Some of the residents will be able to return to their apartments. The Red Cross will be assisting five families who are unable to return to their apartments.

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