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One person dead, three hospitalized after fire destroys an Otto house early Thursday

Three hospitalized, one person missing following fire that destroyed a house in Otto
Otto VFD Crews work large house fire early Thursday morning.
Posted at 5:03 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 17:14:00-05

OTTO, N.Y. (WKBW) — UPDATE: The Otto Fire Department says a woman is dead following a fire that destroyed a home in Otto early Thursday morning.

Firefighters confirming to a 7 Eyewitness News photographer at the scene they recovered the woman's body after 8:00 a.m.

The Otto Volunteer Fire Department says it responded to the fire on North Otto Road just before 3:00 a.m.

Mutual aid was requested to help battle the fire.

Otto Fire Chief Anthony Riehle says one of the people hospitalized was taken to ECMC, two children were taken to Oishei Children's Hospital. Riehle described the scene when he pulled up.

"On location, there was - I presume to be the owner of the house - a male, on the front lawn with a couple of young kids. He just kept saying, 'She's upstairs! She's upstairs! She's upstairs!'" said Riehle.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by a wood stove in the home. The house is a total loss. Two adjacent houses sustained minimal damage, according to the fire chief.

Crews were able to bring the fire under control by 5:20 a.m. but continued to work on putting it out completely.

No firefighters were injured battling the fire.

7 Eyewitness News will continue following the latest developments as they come in.