Recently, Buffalo firefighters were called to Benzinger Street for a reported bedroom fire. Engine 28 arrived and reported smoke showing from the 2 side of the structure. A working fire was declared for the occupied 2-1/2 story dwelling. The initial report stated there was a child trapped. Crews immediately went into search and rescue mode. As a result, an extra two engines and a truck were requested to the scene. The child was found by companies Engines 35, 28 and Rescue 1. The seven-year-old boy died hours later. Crews eventually went defensive as the fire consumed the building. A third alarm was called to protect exposures.
-Fire News photos by Donald Kilianski