Neighbor Says Teen Died In Chautauqua County Fire

July 6, 2011 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 6, 2011 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM EDT

Crews said they arrived at the fire and knew it would be a challenge to make a rescue because of the heat and flames.

Silver Creek, N.Y. (WKBW)- Silver Creek fire and other emergency crews arrived on the scene just before 6 a.m. They quickly rescued two people off the roof of the home on Hanover Street after they escaped through a window. They said getting to the person inside was a danger to the fire fighters.

"We tried once to get to the victim but we were beat back by the heat. Fireman's hats were beginning to melt," Silver Creek Fire Chief Rich Bartlett said.

Neighbor Ron Kavanuaght witnessed the fire.

"Flames started in the back within 15-20 minutes the second floor was on fire," Kavanaught said.

They went in the burning house a second time and were able to get a person out. Residents claim that victim was a 17-year-old boy. Kavanaught said authorities told him that the boy passed away in the blaze.

"You could tell, but they did confirm it," Kavanaught said.

Authorities said one of their own was also injured in the fire.

"One of my fire fighters was also rushed to the hospital for heat exhaustion," Bartlett said.

That fire fighter is doing fine at this time but authorities said the house is a total loss.

A press release with official confirmation of the teen's death is also expected later in the day.