Fire in Niagara Falls damages two houses

One person remains unaccounted for

Mike Baggerman
August 30, 2019 - 10:40 am

Fire at 20th Street and Walnut Avenue in Niagara Falls. August 30, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) - One person remains unaccounted for after an overnight house fire on Walnut Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Officials told WBEN the fire started at 3:35 a.m. in a multi-family home at the corner of Walnut and 20th street. The fire then spread to the next home over.

"There was a tremendous amount of fire when the first units rolled up," Battalion Chief David McGovern said. "I don't know how it got to be burning that bad. This is Walnut Avenue. It's a (high-traffic) area. How the fire got that bad that quick is beyond me."

Initial reports had two people unaccounted for, though one was later seen, according to neighbors. McGovern said the current condition of the homes are not safe for firefighters to go in.

"The structure is ready to come down on its own," he said.

One neighbor told WBEN that the homes were drug houses. McGovern could not confirm that.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

McGovern said the two homes are now scheduled for an emergency demolition.

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