Two firefighters taken to hospital following Grand Island fire


GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two firefighters went to the hospital after an overnight house fire on Grand Island.

Crews got the call to a single family home on Baseline Road just after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say one of the firefighters taken to the hospital fell while helping put out the fire.

Another was evaluated for heat exhaustion. Both firefighters are expected to be okay.

Investigators say no one was home at the time of the fire, and that the people living there were in the middle of renovations. They say the home is not a total loss.

Fire investigators determined that the cause of the fire was accidental due to spontaneous combustion from floor refinishing rags left in a container in the front room.

Damage is estimated to be $110,000 to the building and $50,000 to the contents.

Teams from both Grand Island’s fire department and Sheridan Park Fire in the Town of Tonawanda assisted at the scene.

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