BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–A Buffalo family is lucky to be alive after a fire destroys their home. The family says they owe their lives to a few cops, who were in the right place at the right time.
As Buffalo police were driving down Millicent Avenue, they noticed several people trapped in a house that was filling up with smoke. They immediately helped the family escape before fire fighters got to the scene.
“Most of the kitchen part is really devastated and some of the living room upstairs is just smokey,” said Nathaniel Soto. “But most of the downstairs got really bad damage, water damage with the fire as well.”
Soto’s family were inside the home at the time of the fire.
“A little devastated,” he said. “I just got home from work and seen all the commotion going on and I worried when I saw the smoke coming out of the house. Thank God all the kids were out, everybody was out of the house.”
Fire crews say the fire started in the kitchen while someone was cooking. Before fire fighters arrived on the scene, Buffalo police officers had already rescued the two adults and child that were inside.
“Yea, we’re impressed with how they took care of everything else that ,” Soto said.
No one was hurt in the fire, and the American Red Cross says that had a lot to do with the rescue effort.
“We can’t do what we do without partners like those first responders, like the police department,” said Red Cross Regional Communications Manager Jay Bonafede.
The American Red Cross is working to get the family back on their feet, by helping them find temporary housing.
“This is obviously very traumatic,” Bonafede said. “They had no idea that this was going to happen and really in a blink of an eye everything could be gone.”
Damage is estimated at $110,000. The Red Cross was called to help the people who lived there.