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Teen Rescued in Buffalo House Fire

Buffalo (WIVB) – A 13-year-old girl has been taken to the hospital following a house fire on Thursday morning. 

Fire crews responded to a home on Leroy Avenue just before 4:30 a.m. The crews left at 6 a.m.

The division chief said the Ladder 7 crews had to focus first on saving the young girl’s life.  

When they arrived, there was heavy fire on the second floor. Crews from ladder 7 went in immediately — before they could get any fire hoses set up.

They pulled the 13-year-old from the flames. Buffalo Fire officials tell us she was taken to ECMC and did have a pulse. 

Everyone else who lives at the house was able to get out on their own. Fire officials said it took only minutes to put out the fire once they go water on it.

“It’s very dangerous condition because you don’t have the protection of a hose line. You’re walking through fire, crawling through fire, looking for people and that’s exactly what ladder 7 did. They did a tremendous job,” said Division Chief Paul Graham. 

Fire crews also rescued a cat from this house this morning. 

We’re told there’s about 150 thousand dollars worth of damage to the building and its contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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