Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 3, 2013

Three escape Gasport fire

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal


A man was injured early Saturday while taking his mom and his dog out of their burning home.
Fire ruined the two-story, single-family home at 4663 Gasport Road, owned by Eleanor Friend.
Three people were inside the house when the fire started, according to Capt. Greg Schuey of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency calls from a resident and a neighbor were received at 8:15 a.m. Volunteer firefighters from the Gasport and Terry’s Corners companies responded.
According to the sheriff’s office, a family friend, Garrett Eresnell, alerted Ms. Friend and her son, Ernest, to the fire; both Friends were asleep at the time.
Eresnell had arrived at the residence shortly after 8 a.m. and saw smoke coming from the kitchen. He tried to extinguish the fire by throwing a wet blanket over the stove, and when that didn’t work, he yelled “fire” and awakened Ernest Friend, who in turn awakened his mom and got her out of the house.
Ernest Friend, 32, struck his head on an unknown object, and suffered from smoke inhalation, when he ran back into the house to rescue his dog, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital, Lockport, for treatment.
Eresnell, 32, sustained minor burns on both of his hands and declined medical treatment, the sheriff’s office said.
American Red Cross is assisting the Friends. The Niagara County Fire Origin and Cause Unit is investigating the cause of the fire.