Family Left Homeless by Lockport Fire

LOCKPORT, N.Y. - A fire that broke out in a home at 73 Elmwood Avenue at about 3 a.m. Thursday quickly spread to two neighboring houses.

The first home was fully involved when firefighters from the Lockport Fire Department arrived, and both 67 and 75 Elmwood had also caught on fire.

Firefighters were able to get inside and put out the flames at 75, but the buildings at 73 and 67 are considered total losses.

The residents of 73 Elmwood were out of town when the fire occurred, but the family at 75 is now without a home and staying with relatives.

A firefighter who slipped on the ice while combating the original fire hit his head and was taken to Eastern Niagara Lockport Hospital. His condition is unknown but he was conscious at the time the accident occurred, Assistant Chief Matt Streckewald tells us.

No word on the cause of the initial blaze, yet, and firefighters are still tallying the dollar amount of the losses. Apparently, one of the homes lost an extensive collection of sports memorabilia.

We'll have more information on this story here on and in Channel 2 News First at Five tonight.


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