Neighbors say they saw bright flash during deadly fire in Cheektowaga


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — One person has died following a fire on Ridge Park Avenue, not far from Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, just before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

One man was taken to the hospital. It wasn’t immediately known if he was the victim. No identities were initially released, nor was there any indication exactly how many people were inside.

“When I first looked out above the awning of the house and the whole front of the house was on fire,” said Larry Vincheski, who lives on Ridge Park Avenue. “The actual power line that went to the house had lit up very brightly¬†and exploded, landed on the ground so that was something that first responders had to deal with was the electric line laying on the front lawn.”

“They said that there was two people inside. Everyone was screaming that they needed to get in there and they definitely were trying real hard to get in there,” said Alex Spencer, a neighbor.

“They brought the guy on the gurney and rolling him past me and they were giving him chest compressions all the way don the street and they were trying to save that man,” Spencer said.

Neighbors say a man lived there alone and was a licensed amateur radio operator who used to fix televisions and computers.

Police brought in the Erie County Sheriff’s K-9 named Clipper whose specialty is finding accelerants to try and help determine if this was something more than an accidental fire in the middle of the night.

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