Silver Creek, N.Y. (WKBW)- A fire that ripped through a home on Hanover Street in Silver Creek takes the life of a teen. Justin Phillips, 18, got trapped in the home and could not escape.
A makeshift memorial has been setup in front of the house and Silver Creek Public School is holding counseling sessions for teens and adults who need support.
The fire started around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Phillips and his parents all got trapped but the couple was able to escape out a window onto the roof. When emergency crews arrived they got to the roof and brought them to safety. They quickly realized getting Phillips out would be difficult because of the intense heat. Fire fighters had to make several attempts to enter the home.
"We made an attempt to enter the home and it was hot. The fire fighters hats started to melt," Silver Creek Fire Chief Rich Bartlett said.
Unfortunately, when they finally go the teen out of the home, it was too late. Phillips was rushed to the hospital but didn't make it. He had just graduated from Silver Creek High School. Friends and family say he was an honor student and an athlete.
The school district will be making counselors available in the high school guidance office form 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through July 15.