Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A devastating fire claims the life of an infant in Buffalo.
That deadly fire, taking place in the City of Buffalo's Riverside Neighborhood early Tuesday morning. A six-month-old baby is dead, and now there are concerns about response times.
The fire broke out on the 300 block of Riverside Avenue, shortly before three on Tuesday morning.
Family members identify the baby who died as six-month-old Savior Lopez. His parents, who did everything they could to save him, made it out alive.
"It's going to be hard and most of us have lived here for 30 years, and we've had different things happen, but this is one of the hardest," says Diane Baldwin, who lives down the street.
Savior's mom ran into her child's burning room, grabbing the baby and banging on her neighbors doors for help.
Police were the first on the scene. According to the fire department, the initial call was for a domestic disturbance because of the noises neighbors heard.
Then, the fire company came.
"We were here within the prescribed time," says Commission Garnell Whitfield. "We were here within three minutes. That's a great response time."
However, the closest fire company had closed for the night.
Councilmember Joseph Golombek says this was something they worried about during contraction negotiations. "Buffalo is a poor city and we have to do the best we can with a limited number of resources, but the hard reality is -- we don't have the money to keep these places open."
The fire commissioner insists the city's fire crews respond quickly. However, there is criticism from within. Tuesday morning, the Buffalo Firefighters Union posted this on Facebook:
"The city closed Ladder 10 (Seneca/Southside) today under the new staffing policy. Last night the fatal fire was in the first in district of Ladder 13 the company they had closed for the night!"
There is also concern about response time for the ambulance company. Rural Metro says it took eight to ten minutes for a crew to arrive.
Rural Metro says that's normal time, but Golombek has worries.
"We've had some problems in the past with the ambulance company. We've had problems in Riverside Park with boys playing football. And it took (30 to 40 minutes) for the rescue squad to get there," Golombek says.
First responders say no response time made a difference in this case. However, others say it poses the question -- could it make a difference in the future?
A cause of the fire is not yet known. Two other buildings, including a home, caught fire during the blaze.