Man Dies in House Fire, Firefighter Injured

December 17, 2011 Updated Dec 17, 2011 at 12:36 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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December 17, 2011 Updated Dec 17, 2011 at 12:36 AM EDT

(WKBW)
Buffalo, NY

Firefighters swarmed a house on the 1300 block of Sycamore Street near Goodyear Avenue after reports of thick black smoke coming from the windows was reported Friday night.

A firefighter noticed a man in a second floor window and desperately tried to rescue him but the man was found dead on the second floor of the home once firefighters were able to reach him.

A dog was also found dead inside but a neighbor who lives across the street said the dog had died long before the fire and its body had been lying dead in the house for at least one year. A fire captain on scene confirmed her statement.

One firefighter was rushed to ECMC after a serious back injury.

The vacant house was known in the neighborhood for being a place where squatters used drugs or slept for the night.

The victim's name has not been released. The investigation into what caused the fire is still ongoing.