BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A two-alarm fire that engulfed three homes on the 300 block of Riverside Avenue claimed the life of a 6-month-old infant.
The blaze broke out around 2:45 a.m. and when firefighters arrived on scene, flames could be seen shooting out of the home in the middle, which suffered the most damage and was where 6-month-old Savior and his mother lived.
Extra fire crews were called to extinguish the flames, and though first responders tried, they could not safe the baby.
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Neighbors down the street woke to the sounds of the infant's mother frantically banging on doors, screaming for help.
Diane Baldwin said, "She threw water on the floor, from what I understand, to get into the room because the room was on fire too...to get to the baby. And yet, to go in there, in those flames to get that baby out, I mean, that's a mother."
Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said, "Buffalo Police were first here, they happened upon it, saw that there was a fire and tried to get to that fire, the initial fire building. They weren't able to do so because of the heat and the smoke in there and later on they found that the persons who occupied the structure had evacuated themselves, were down the street with the infant who was severely burned at that time. They were all taken to Children's Hospital, reports are confirmed that the infant was deceased."
The parents had carried their baby at least 10 houses down and Savior was not breathing as first responders administered CPR.
Miguel Martinez says the young mother is his niece who has a good job at a lawyer's office and bought this house last year, but is now heartbroken.
Buffalo Animal Control tells News 4 a dog also perished in the fire. It was unable to escape its kennel.
Fire investigators continue to go through the wreckage. They say the fire started on the first floor of the home and have ruled out arson as a cause.
The Red Cross is assisting seven people following the blaze and says disaster mental health support available for the affected residents.
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