CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Two persons died in a house fire early Tuesday morning in the town of Cheektowaga.
The blaze destroyed a home 27 Furlong Rd. according to Cleveland Hill Fire Chief Joe Lewis, who says the call came in at around 4:15 AM.
Based on what responders encountered, however, Lewis says it's possible the fire broke out a while before the first alarm was sounded.
"There was quite a heavy fire load in order for it to be a sudden thing, it had to going for a little while before we got a phone call," Lewis told WGRZ-TV. "When we got on location, we could see inside the front door that the floor was gone, so we had to fight the fire mostly from the outside until we were able to knock it down."
According to Lewis, once the flames were quelled, firefighters had to exercise caution entering the burned out home to search for victims.
"We had to be very careful because the building is structurally destroyed," said Lewis. "The first floor is burned through and the second floor is sagging and actually some floor joists are missing from the fire."
Lewis confirmed one of the two victims was found near the front door, with the other recovered from a rear bedroom.
"I was just hoping and praying nobody was in there , but that's sad to find both of them in there," said a neighbor who lives across the street from where the fire occurred, and who wished not to be identified. " That you could think that somebody burned up in there, it just makes you sad to look across the street."