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November 30, 2013

City blaze under review

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Police and Fire Department officers continued the investigation Friday of a 3 a.m. fire that damaged three houses on Elmwood Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.

Residents reported no injuries, but three firefighters slipped on the ice in 20-degree temperatures and one was treated at Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport, according to police reports.

The house on 73 Elmwood Ave. was destroyed. Residents Henry Smith and his daughter, Sandra Maines, were out of town and have been notified, police said. According to Capt. Michael Niethe, a passerby on foot saw the fire and called 911, before pounding on the door at 73 Elmwood Ave. There was no one home.

The fire spread to 67 Elmwood Ave. and residents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sossong, were evacuated as a precaution and are staying with relatives. The fire caused significant fire and water damage.

The house at 63 Elwood Ave. suffered siding damage, but the resident was able to return to her home. A small fire at vacant 75 Elmwood was quickly contained.

Officer Marshall Belling is leading the investigation for the police department. According to Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Costello, police and fire investigators were still looking at the site Friday afternoon. The cause of the fire and damage is undetermined.

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