7-year-old dies in Niagara Falls house fire

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls firefighters responded to calls of a house fire on South Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Two adults and 13 children were able to safely escape the home. Niagara Falls Police tell News 4 that a 7-year-old child died inside the home.

The City of Niagara Falls Fire Department says Luvone Lucas, his wife Crystal, and their 11 kids lived there.

The couple came home to find their children evacuating the home. That’s when the fire department was called.

Responding fire crews saw heavy fire on the first floor. Smoke extended to the second floor.

The 7-year-old’s body was found in one of the second-floor bedrooms. Officials say that signs of the child’s death were “obvious.”

The fire department determined that the fire started in the building’s kitchen. It is not clear what caused it.

$30,000 in damage was done to the structure, and an additional $20,000 was done to its contents.

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