TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A home on Sunset Terrace, in the Town of Tonawanda, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene Thursday night.
An eight-year-old child died in the fire.
Fire officials say a police officer and a firefighter both sustained minor injuries.
According to police, a family of five, including three young children, lived in the home.
Family has confirmed the identity of the child who died as Seth Creenan.
The Creenan family released the following statement Friday:
We are utterly devastated at the loss of our beloved eight year old son and brother Seth Creenan as a result of a fire that occurred last night, October 18. This has been a devastating and life-changing event for our whole family. Seth was a beautiful caring boy who will be greatly missed - our entire family is in shock by this tragedy.We want to express our sincere gratitude for all the love and prayers that we have received and continue to receive.We also wish to thank the community and the fire and police services who have assisted us in this, our moment of need. Lastly, during this difficult time we would ask for privacy and continued prayers as we grieve our loss.
At a future date we will provide information on Seth’s funeral arrangements.
The Superintendent of the Sweet Home Central School District released a statement on the 8-year-old boy's death:
"Dear Sweet Home families,
It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to let you know that one of our Glendale Elementary students was lost in a house fire yesterday – October 18th. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student. During this time as the school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, the school district will offer counseling and bereavement support services to all of our students and staff at Glendale.
A student death is a difficult and challenging situation that can generate a high level of anxiety and distress for some students. If you feel that your children are having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings to help them work through their grief or concerns. Please also consider monitoring and discussing your children’s communications (social media, phone, e-mails, text messages) to further assess their potential needs.
If you feel that your children need to speak to a counselor or other caring adult, please do not hesitate to call our schools and let us know. Our Sweet Home Family Support Center can also provide you with resources or contacts to help your child cope with loss. Mrs. Anne Nowak is the coordinator of the Family Support Center and she can be reached at 250-1228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a difficult time for everyone, but I know our students and staff will lean on each other as they fondly remember their classmate. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, your building administration or your child’s school counselor.
Anthony J. Day
Superintendent of Schools"
"A heavy smoke pouring out of every aspect in the house," Brighton Volunteer Fire Chief Andrew Hallnan said. "Within about a minute of arrival of our first engine, the house basically lit up, fire throughout, 100% involved."
The Brighton Volunteer Fire Chief says a neighboring home did suffer a little bit of damage on its side, but besides that, firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to other neighboring homes.