Fire rekindles at scene of fatal West Seneca house fire

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WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A house which caught on fire early Monday on Dirkson Avenue ignited again late Monday night.

Officials confirmed to News 4 that the house had rekindled after laying dormant for 16 hours. The fire was a fatal scene earlier in the day. The only resident, Bernadine Kowalski, 68, perished in the blaze.

Firefighters did rescue the family dog in a fire which started, quickly spread and caught a neighboring house on fire as well, causing visible roof and side damage.. Fire crews battled and eventually put out the costly fire.

Fire officials say they were slowed down when they first arrived after finding the fire hydrants covered in snow. They say that led to issues.

“We were having water issues on our initial attack due to fire hydrants being buried in snow banks, so that slowed down initial attack on this.”

The cause of the fire and the rekindling is still under investigation. Police are working with Erie County Fire investigators.

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