BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Loved ones gathered to say goodbye to 6-month-old Savior Lopez. The infant was killed in a two-alarm fire Tuesday that engulfed three homes on Riverside Avenue in Buffalo.
Family and friends filled St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo Saturday morning. They say Savior was a wonderful child who was always full of joy.
Grandfather Abe Lopez said, "Always smiling, not fussy at all. Just a beautiful little boy."
"But there was one unique thing about him. Whether he did it intentionally or not he was always making funny faces," added great-grandfather Gilbert Hernandez. "That kind of stirred you up and made you want to hug him and kiss him."
Savior's parents tried desperately to save their son when flames tore through their home. Former Buffalo School Board member Ralph Hernandez, who is also the infant's great-grandfather, says Savior's father ran to the back of the house to try to reach the infant while the mother threw water on the flames so she could get him from inside his room.
Hernandez said, "They did everything that they could into that room to get that little guy. And they just didn't make it on time."
He says during this tragic time the family is trying to pull together and be strong for the infant's parents.
"We're there for moral support in anything that we can do to help them," Hernandez said.
Fire officials are still trying to determine the cause. News 4 has learned that a fan that was located near the baby's room is being examined as one of the possible causes.
A fund has been set up at Key Bank to help the family during this difficult time. Donations can be made to the Savior Lopez fund.
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