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Elderly man killed in Winslow Avenue fire identified as Charles Alexis

Electrical space heater being looked at for the cause
Posted at 10:42 AM, Jan 24, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire on the city's east side Friday morning, a source confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News that a person was killed in the fire.

The fire scene was at 468 Winslow Avenue which is off of Fillmore Avenue near E. Ferry Street.

Buffalo fire officials say the person that died is an elderly male, they believe the fire began on the first floor and spread to the second floor and then the attic. The victim was found on the first floor in the rear of the structure.

A family member of the victim identified him to 7 Eyewitness News as Charles Alexis, age 84. According to the family, Alexis was a fixture of the neighborhood and had lived there since the 1960s but was living alone after his wife died a couple years ago.

Sources say investigators are looking at the possibility that an electrical space heater caused the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting people who had damage to their residences from the fire.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to 7 Eyewitness News for updates.