S. Huxley family rescued from roof; kitten resuscitated

Firefighters attend to a fire at 244 S. Huxley Drive on January 20th. (Don Murtha III/Erie County Fire Incidents/Special to Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Firefighters attend to a fire at 244 S. Huxley Drive on January 20th. (Don Murtha III/Erie County Fire Incidents/Special to Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – A family was rescued from a burning house Saturday afternoon by neighbors and a pair of passersby according to Cleveland Hill Fire Chief Matthew Chowaniec.

The fire broke out in a first-floor family room around 4:16 pm at 224 S. Huxley Drive.  The family was upstairs when the fire broke out.

“They had broken through a window and went out on the roof of a first-floor addition,” said Mr. Chowaniec.  “A neighbor went and got a ladder, and he and the two passersby actually helped them get down.”

One of the residents suffered a minor cut from the broken window.  Crews administered first-aid for the wound at the scene.

Mr. Chowaniec says his firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the front living room window when they first arrived.

“Our crews made an initial attack through the front door, knocked the fire down, and kept [the fire] to the first-floor living room.”

The home sustained upwards of an estimated $20,000 in damages between heat damage on the first floor and smoke damage on the second floor.

Pine Hill firefighters were able to save a two-day-old kitten by performing CPR and administering oxygen.  Two other cats and a dog were able to escape the house.

The residents found temporary shelter at a neighbor’s house.

Cheektowaga Police said the area of origin was a couch in the family room. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the department’s Fire Investigation Unit.

Firefighters from Sloan, Pine Hill, U-Crest, Hy-View, Rescue, Forks and the town’s Emergency Services Coordinator assisted Cleveland Hill.  Firefighters from the Village of Williamsville also responded to the scene.

Mr. Chowaniec reminds everyone to check your smoke detectors and make sure they are in working order.

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