Neighbor credited with fire rescue

Published: October 29, 2007 | 6779th good news item since 2003

A West Side man helped save his downstairs neighbor from a fire in their duplex late Sunday and vainly tried to put out the blaze on his own before calling the Buffalo Fire Department, according to fire officials.

The fire in a 2-story wood frame house, was reported at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The blaze started in the couch of the lower apartment, said Division Chief George Coates.

The upstairs tenant, after noticing the intense fire, went downstairs and managed to get into the lower apartment and helped get his neighbor safely out of the house, Coates said.

The upstairs tenant then tried to put out the fire on his own … apparently using a garden hose … before giving up and calling 911, the division chief said.

No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $40,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. An investigation into the cause is continuing.

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