West Avenue fire victim in critical condition

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — First responders rushed to the scene of a fire on West Avenue in Buffalo Thursday.

Firefighters said they pulled one unconscious victim from the blaze and sent that person to a hospital. Friday morning, Buffalo Police said the man believed the be in his late 60s is in critical condition at Buffalo General.

The victim was pulled from the first floor after crews broke into the house, firefighters treated the victim until Rural Metro ambulance crews arrived. Firefighters say it was a two-family home, and everybody else evacuated the structure.

Crews responded to the one-alarm fire just after 5 p.m. Thursday to a three-story home on the city’s west side. Fire officials say when they got to the scene, there was a heavy fire on the first floor.

Fire officials say they extinguished the fire and had it controlled before 6:30 p.m., but it still caused about $120,000 in damage to the contents and the structure of the home.

An official who spoke to News 4 said although they had trouble with the hydrant, they did not wait to break into the building and evacuate the victim.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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