13-year-old injured in house fire in Buffalo

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Fire investigators are searching for the cause of a house fire on Buffalo’s East Side that left a 13-year-old girl fighting for her life.

Fire crews responded to the two-family home on Leroy Avenue just before 4:30 a.m, and pulled the teenager from a back bedroom on the second story, where she was trapped.

Fire officials tell News 4 the girl was rushed to ECMC, then transferred to Oishei Children’s Hospital, where she was in critical condition at last check.

Division Chief Paul Graham says the Ladder 7 crews went into the burning house immediately, before other crews were able to set up hoses to put water on the fire, to search for the girl and pull her out.

“It’s a very dangerous condition because you don’t have the protection of a hose line. You’re walking through fire, crawling through fire, looking for people and that’s exactly what Ladder 7 did,” Graham said. “They did a tremendous job.”

The same crews that responded to Thursday morning’s fire also responded to the tragic Shirley Avenue fire right before Christmas that left two children and their aunt dead.

That, no doubt, made Thursday morning’s fight all the tougher on them, knowing another child was trapped.

“They went in and did their job and they take pride in the fact that they’re able to do what they do and save somebody so the city should be very thankful they’re working tonight,” Graham said.

Fire crews also rescued a cat from this house this morning. 

We’re told there’s about $150,000 worth of damage to the building and its contents.

The Red Cross is helping five people who lived in both units in the house.

Fire officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation but appears accidental at this time. 

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