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May 13, 2013

Probe into Erie Street fire continues

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Fire investigators are continuing to look into the cause of a city fire early Sunday morning that sent four people fleeing from the flames.

The two-alarm blaze, reported around 5:20 a.m., caused heavy damage to the house at 38 Erie St.

According to a police report, one of the residents discovered the fire after he awoke and was going to a different room in the home with his 2-year-old son. The report said that the man saw smoke and when he went to investigate he found a pile of clothing on fire in a bedroom, next to a small space heater.

He alerted another man in the house, and the two went back tot he room to put out the fire, but by that point the room was fully engulfed in flames.

They alerted the homeowner, and all four safely fled the burning structure.

City of Lockport firefighters battled the fire from both inside and outside the home. They also worked to protect neighboring homes at 44 and 34 Erie St. from the intense heat produced by the blaze.

During an initial attack, firefighters were driven back by the flames.

Damage to the home is still being assessed, but the police report indicated the home could be a total loss. Both neighboring homes at 34 and 44 Erie sustained heat damage.

The Red Cross is assisting the four residents with emergency care and shelter.

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