VIDEO: Investigators in the Town of Hamburg are looking into the cause of a fire that took the lives of a woman and two children.
Firefighters were called to a house at 4740 Newton Road just after 2 a.m. Monday. They tried to enter the home with a hose line, but encountered intense heat, flames and smoke as the structure was fully engulfed. A woman and two children were found dead inside.
Two men found outside suffered minor injuries and were taken to ECMC.
Police still have not identified any of the victims.
Neighbors told 2 On Your Side that they did not know the family that well but did observe a boy and a girl get on and off a school bus and that an adult male would greet them.
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VIDEO: Members of the Church of Satan are grieving the destruction of a historic “Halloween House” north of New York City that authorities say was set ablaze last week by an unidentified arsonist.
The historic home, built in 1900, served as an Addams Family-style hub for local adherents of the religion, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. One member of the church likened the arson to a terrorist attack.
“Everybody’s in shock and everyone in the neighborhood is worried," the member, who goes by the name Isis Vermouth, told the newspaper. "Whoever did this is going to be hexed by all of us.” “Now there’s going to be hell to pay,” Vermouth added.
Surveillance footage shows a man walking up to the house after 5 a.m. Thursday with two gas cans, splashing liquid on the front porch and igniting it, people said. Two people escaped the house unharmed, authorities said.
WNBC-TV NBC New York
Dozens woke up to smoke Monday morning after a fire erupted inside an apartment building in the Belmont section of the Bronx.
The smoke was so thick, residents say they couldn't see as they rushed to get out of the building at 2311 Southern Blvd.
The FDNY confirmed a fire broke out in the trash compactor on the 11th floor just after 7 a.m.
Almost 80 firefighters rushed to the scene, with some breaking in doors to get residents out of the top floors of the building.
Many of those people who were trapped said they never saw flames, but instead black thick smoke that they couldn't see and could barely breathe.
Some said they were woken up by the smoke, while others heard the blaring fire alarm.
Officials said six people were hurt, with five of them taken to the hospital and one staying on the scene. They are all expected to be OK.
News 12 Bronx
Fire officials are looking into what sparked at least two blazes that drew firefighters to a Brooklyn church twice within about five hours Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving considerable damage.
The Fire Department and the pastor at the Tabernacle of God in Christ Jesus say the first fire happened around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. The pastor, Ezell Brown, told local media that he smelled smoke and found a garbage can ablaze near the back of the church, in the Crown Heights neighborhood. Firefighters quickly put the flames out at that point. Then, around 12:30 a.m. Monday, they were called to the church again for a bigger blaze.
WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York
One person was treated for smoke inhalation after an early morning fire broke out on Helene Street in Wantagh on Monday, Nassau County police said.
Police dispatchers were notified of the fire at about 12:17 a.m. and when officers arrived they saw "heavy smoke" billowing from the home, according to a police spokesman. The residents of the home, a two-story Country Cape, were able to escape the home, and the one person who was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation was transported to a local hospital as a safety precaution, police said.
The Wantagh Fire Department received several calls from area residents about the fire, according to Kevin Regan, public information officer for the department. "The fire was apparently in the basement and had already extended to the first floor," Regan said.
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