the first article is 99% correct the only mistake is the amount of firefighters that responded as mutual aid units


One Woman Dead in City of Tonawanda House Fire
Posted By: Rachel Kingston
One woman is dead following an early morning house fire on Stark Street in the City of Tonawanda.
Chief Charles Stuart says flames erupted in the rear of 86 Stark Street around 6:30 this morning. When firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed.
A male occupant escaped unharmed and alerted firefighters of the woman still trapped inside.
Firefighters entered the residence to look for the victim but were forced out by intense smoke and flames. Her name has not yet been released.
Several dozen firefighters from the North Tonawanda and Brighton fire departments were called in to assist City of Tonawnada crews.
Investigators are still searching for a cause.
City of Tonawanda Fire / WGRZ-TV


New Year's day blaze
claims a life
City of Tonawanda
Last Edited: Thursday, 01 Jan 2009, 9:43 AM EST
Created On: Thursday, 01 Jan 2009, 9:43 AM EST
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - An early morning fire has claimed the life of a CIty of Tonawanda resident. Fire officials say they were called to 86 Stark street in the City of Tonawanda about 6:30 on New Year's day. One resident of the home escaped while another has died. The names of the victim and deceased are not being released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
January 1, 2009


Early Morning Fire In Tonawanda

Story Published: Jan 1, 2009 at 7:48 AM EST
Story Updated: Jan 1, 2009 at 8:14 AM EST
http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/36969464.html

In the area of East Niagara and Stark Streets - - fire officials are busy battling a blaze - - where Eyewitness News is told, the structure has partially collapsed.

Because of that, firefighters are only attacking the fire from the outside of the building.

As of 7:30 New Year's morning, there's no word on any injuries.

Fatal Fire:
City of Tonawanda Firefighters responded this morning for a report of a structure fire with a person trapped on Stark St. Car 6 went on location with smoke & fire showing from the rear of a 1 1/2 story frame with an exposure problem on the #4 side. Command reported heavy fire conditions which forced crews out of the building and ordered a defensive attack. Mutual Aid companies were North Tonawanda, Grand Island (fill in), Brighton (FAST), & Kenilworth. One victim was found DOA inside the residence. The fire was under control in about 78 minutes.


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Comment by Avery Dale on January 3, 2009 at 8:43am
Our first call of the year was a dryer fire last night. Lucky for the double wide trailer it burned itself out just prior to our arrival. The start of 2008 was the interesting one where on New Years night we ran a stabbing, an MVC and a hay fire all within two hours of each other.
Comment by steve price on January 2, 2009 at 11:23pm
TONAWANDA FIRE: Police ID victim

By David Hill

City of Tonawanda police Friday identified the victim of a fatal fire on Stark Start as Catherine Butera, 23.

Butera’s boyfriend, David McCurdy, 28, was able to escape the burning home, but Butera couldn’t make it out in time, authorities reported. The fire call came in at 6:34 a.m. Thursday, and city firefighters responded three minutes later to find the home at 86 Stark St. fully involved.

Officials are still investigating what caused the fatal blaze. They believe it started in the back bedroom, which is where Butera was found.

Tonawanda Fire Chief Charles Stuart said firefighters tried multiple times to reach the bedroom, but each time they were turned back by intense fire. The roof also started to collapse, compounding the situation.

Fire crews remained on scene about three hours. Erie County fire investigators were called in to examine the scene, Stuart said.
Comment by David on January 2, 2009 at 6:36pm
the dept im on hasnt had a call since christmas eve t 9pm cst. so we havent had our first of the year
Comment by Jerid M on January 2, 2009 at 9:21am
My prayers are with the family and also the dept that responded to the call....

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