After Tragic Loss Community Warns: Get Smoke Detectors

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2010 at 11:33 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2010 at 11:33 PM EDT

Gathered in front of the site of Tuesday night's deadly fire, a community of family, friends, pastors and politicians sang and read scriptures for strength.

58-year-old Larry Brown, wheel chair bound and trapped inside his home on Wyoming Avenue, died in the fire. Brown lived in the home with his wife, daughter and three granddaughters.

"To loose your home, your life, all your valuables, and then to loose the life of a husband, a father, a grandfather, it's just a tragic event," said Reverend James A. Lewis III, the Director of Pastoral Care at the Erie County Medical Center.

"Something like this really affects the community, especially the loss of life. People used to see him sitting on the porch all the time.... he was a really contributing member of the community. He was magnificent," said Demone Smith, a Council Member for the Masten District.

Community leaders now making a plea to residents to make sure they take every precaution to protect their homes.

"It is so important, we cannot express it enough.... on having working smoke detectors in your home," warned Leonard E. Lane, the vigil organizer.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, while residents rally together to support the victims of the fire.

"The community is hurting, the family is hurting, and we want to help them get through this process," said Lane.

Two homes were destroyed in the fire and the families need everything from housing, furniture, beds, clothing and monetary donations. If you'd like to donate, contact the Delavan Grider Community Center at 716-896-7021.