Man Found in Bathtub During Fire

July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Family members said the victim found by fire officials in his bathtub during a blaze is 60-year-old Mike Jankowski.

"We had family members in front of building screaming that their father or husband were inside. They found the victim in the bathtub in the rear," Buffalo Fire Chief Don McFeely said.

Jankowski's daughter and son did not want to go on camera but said their father has severe burns on his body and is in an induced coma at ECMC. They also said fire officials found soot in his lungs.

Here is how they said the fire started. They said the power went out in the house, as it often does. When the son got up to walk to the breaker, he noticed smoke and flames under the kitchen floor. That's when he woke up his parents. He, his mother and the family dog ran to safety. Jankowski did not make it out.

Fire officials said they had trouble getting the blaze under control.

"Fire conditions were bad. Heavy smoke pushed through the entire building. Tight house. Unfortunately, there was junk piled all over and we had a real difficult time searching," McFeely said.

Jankowski's daughter goes on to say that the reason for the clutter is that her parents were packing to move to another home, a goal that they have been working toward for quite sometime. She said things have changed. Now, they are praying for their father's recovery.

"Sometimes people think if they go into the show or bathtub they're be safe but it's usually the smoke that gets them," McFeely said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.