House fire causes $80,000 in damages in Tonawanda
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a two-story home with heavy fire conditions on the front side of the first floor of the building.
The owner and single occupant of the residence, Daniel Charlesworth, 53, was found by firefighters in front of the house as they arrived. Charlesworth appeared to be suffering from smoke inhalation and burns to his hands and knees.
He was treated by TFD and Twin City Ambulance before being transported to ECMC for further treatment. Shortly after arriving on scene, an electrical service line burned off the house and landed on top of one of the fire apparatus prompting an emergency call for National Grid to come and cut the power. Luckily, no firefighters were injured by the falling power line or potentially electrically-charged truck.
The fire was controlled in about 45 minutes, but it took crews about three hours to completely extinguish all areas of fire as the fire spread to the second floor and attic. Tonawanda firefighters were assisted at the scene by a crew from North Tonawanda Fire Department, Sheridan Park Fire Company and the Kenilworth Fire Company. The Grand Island Fire Company and another NTFD unit covered additional incidents in the city during the fire.
Damage to the structure was extensive and was estimated at $80,000. The house next door also received about $1,500 damage to it siding caused by radiant heat.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.