BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People are mourning the loss of a local pediatrician and his two daughters who died in a house fire in North Buffalo on July 4.

From people who worked with Dr. Jonathan Daniels, to his patients and their parents, everyone we talked to spoke about how much of a positive impact this doctor and his family had on them, and they are heartbroken by this.

“Oh he had a great smile and he just had a way of connecting with people,” said Allison Brashear, VP for health sciences at UB and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Jonathan Daniels had a way of making people feel seen and heard.

“Whether he was talking to a colleague or a patient or patient’s family he just had a way of making people feel like you were the most important thing, and that’s a real gift and that’s a gift that we’re always going to remember,” added Brashear.

“He believed in his students, he believed in me,” said Beatrice Gonzalez, who’s a recent graduate at the Jacobs School of Medicine. “Dr. Daniels, he was a force, a force that will be greatly missed.”

The local pediatrician, along with his two daughters Jensen and Jordan died Monday morning in a house fire on Huntington Avenue in North Buffalo.

Jordan and Jenson are both graduates of Sacred Heart Academy. The school released the following statement.

Jordan Daniels graduated in 2013 from Sacred Heart Academy.  Jordan was a force for good and was voted  “friendliest” in the senior superlatives.  An active volunteer and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jordan always had a smile on her face and was quick to help others.  Jordan was interested in the world and was a wise soul.  One of her yearbook quotes stated, “Your life is a book; don’t jump to the end to see if it’s worth it, just enjoy life and fill those pages with beautiful memories.”  Jordan went on to Baldwin Wallace University for her undergraduate degree and University at Buffalo for her MBA.  She will be dearly missed by the SHA Community.
 
Jensen Daniels graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 2017.  She could light up a room with her sweet, gentle voice and infectious smile.  Jensen was the recipient of multiple awards for her work with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  One of Jensen’s yearbook quotes states:  “When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty trust him fully because two things may happen.  Either he’ll catch you when you fall or he’ll teach you how to fly.”  Anonymous.  Jensen went on to Buffalo State College and joyous spirit will be with her SHA Community always.
 
Family was so important to both girls and they both knew how deeply loved they were by their parents, sister Jillian and each other.  May Dr. Daniels, Jordan and Jensen rest in peace.

During his career, he served as associate director of admissions at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

But his reach in the community went beyond his professional success.

“Dr. Daniels and his family were more like family than just our pediatrician. We knew them outside of work,” said Felicia Stanley. “I was devastated, I was heartbroken and I immediately thought, wow I have to tell my children.”

“He just did not feel like a physician and I’m sure he made every client and patient feel that way,” added Stanley.

Dr. Daniels’ wife, Janessa, is currently recovering in the hospital. She also works at the University at Buffalo.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Sarah Minkewicz is an Emmy-nominated reporter from Buffalo, N.Y. who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here and follow her on Twitter.