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Two people killed in fire on Minnesota Avenue

Posted at 7:32 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 23:38:00-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Fire crews responded to a tragic and deadly scene at a home in Buffalo Tuesday morning.

According to investigators, flames erupted at a home in the 400-block of Minnesota Avenue around 6:45am. Inside the home were a mother, her 13-year-old daughter, her 31-year-old son and a 65-year-old female cousin. Investigators say the mother and daughter were able to jump to safety from a second-floor window, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Firefighters pulled the 65-year-old cousin from the home, she was rushed to ECMC where she died from her injuries. Fire crews found the 31-year-old son inside the home, he was pronounced dead at the scene. No names have been released at this point.

Investigators say the home did have a working smoke detector, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Damage to the home is estimated at $150,000, a neighboring vacant home sustained $100,000 in exposure damage.

Anyone who would like to assist the Johnson family can send clothes, money or appliances to ABC Hardware on Bailey Avenue.