Autumnwood Dr. kitchen fire displaces family of five

A dinnertime kitchen fire gutted an Autumnwood Drive home and left a family of five homeless on June 27th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A dinnertime kitchen fire gutted an Autumnwood Drive home and left a family of five homeless on June 27th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – A dinnertime kitchen fire gutted an Autumnwood Drive home and left a family of five homeless.

South Line firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 60 Autumnwood Drive just after 5 pm Wednesday.

The bulk of the fire was found on the first floor of the split-level in the kitchen area.  Several other fire departments were dispatched to the scene to aid South Line.

“Looks like everything is a total loss.  A lot of smoke damage upstairs but the bulk of the fire was downstairs in the kitchen,” South Line Fire Chief Andrew Dayton said. “The guys made a great advance on the fire, and they had an awesome knockdown.  Kudos to everyone involve.  They all did a great job.”

A kitchen fire on Autumnwood Drive left a family of five homeless on June 27th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A kitchen fire on Autumnwood Drive left a family of five homeless on June 27th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

The family was already outside in the backyard when the fire broke out.  No one was hurt.  The Red Cross says they are assisting two adults and three children.

Fire Investigators from the Cheektowaga Police Department are looking into the cause of the fire.  It appears to have originated around the home’s oven.  The family was cooking dinner at the time of the fire.

Firefighters from Bellevue, Twin District, and East Seneca assisted South Line at the scene.  Doyle firefighters stood by at South Line’s fire hall in case of another emergency.

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