NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) —UPDATE: According to the Niagara Falls Fire Chief, a body has been recovered in the rear of the building.
Officials say the identification of the individual is unknown at this point. When fire crews were initially called to fight the fire Monday night, they were told a person was stuck on the second story of a two-apartment home.
Now, police and fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. Niagara Falls Fire Chief Joe Pedulla says the police have gather surveillance video from a nearby business.
“The police have their arson investigators. We have ours,” Pedulla said. “They are able to access more information than we are because of the nature of their job. We work together with them. Any time we have either a victim or an arson, we call them in for their help.”
Niagara Falls Police Detective Lieutenant John Conti did not respond to request for comment on their investigation.
ORIGINAL: Three buildings in Niagara Falls were destroyed by fire overnight.
Crews went to the scene on Niagara St. shortly before midnight. Two of the buildings were residential, while the third appeared to have mixed use.
It’s not clear what caused the fire, but investigators are looking into reports from people in the area who say fireworks may have sparked the fire.
A couple who lived in one of the buildings thought they lost their dog in the fire, but they were later reunited when the dog was seen coming around the fence and rubble.
All three buildings were demolished Tuesday afternoon. Niagara St. between 18th and 19th Streets reopened around 3 p.m.