Four fatal fires plague families, killing 5

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A devastating string of fires have plagued communities across western New York and northern Pennsylvania, killing five people.

Investigations are underway in four recent fires, three of which blazed Monday — the last of which burned on Saturday.


  • Fire rekindles after woman loses life in morning blaze, West Seneca, N.Y.

Firefighters responded not once but twice to a fire on Dirkson Avenue. When they arrived the first time, they stopped it from destroying a neighboring home. It damaged that home’s roof and side. But the second time it broke out, plumes of fire and smoke raised into the air. .

After fighting the fire the first time around they said 68-year-old Bernadine Kowalsk died after she was unable to leave the home. Firefighters did rescue a dog from the blaze.

A fire official on the scene said buried hydrants prevented firefighters from attacking the blaze at full speed. He said their “initial attack” was hampered.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

STORY | Learn more here about a blazed which claimed a woman’s life. 


  • Elderly man, dogs perish in fire, Buffalo, N.Y. 

The life of an elderly man and his two dogs were lost after a fire claimed their lives in a south Buffalo home. Firefighters responded to Weyand Avenue in the morning to fight the fire which wreaked havoc on the inside of the home.

Firefighters say they think the fire caused about $100,000 in total damage, but haven’t yet said how the fire started. The cause is under investigation.

STORY | Learn more here about an elderly man and his best friends who died in a blaze. 


  • Fire claims the life of an elderly citizen, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 

Firefighters say a blaze on Pine Circle in Cheektowaga may have been due to a hoarding situation. They say they arrived to the house after a neighbor called 911 Saturday morning.

Despite their efforts, firefighters were unable to save the life of the man inside the blaze. They said it took a toll on their firefighters.

Officials have yet to identify the man who died in the blaze but did say he was an elderly man.

STORY | Read more on an elderly man who lost his life in Cheektowaga Saturday. 


  • Couple dies Monday in a Potter County town, Bingham, Pa.

Firefighters responded to a morning blaze in the Bingham Township which killed two senior citizens. Officials say Gary Briggs, 67, and Mary Briggs, 70, died in the blaze.

The bodies of the couple were found in the rubble after firefighters put out the fire — which they say was fully enveloped in flames when they arrived.

STORY | Learn more here about a couple that died in the morning blaze. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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